Be Optimistic Have Better Heart Health: Study

January 11, 2015 7:39 AM

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Cardiovascular health of the participants involved in the study was assessed using seven metrics that are blood pressure, dietary intake, body mass index, tobacco use, physical activity and serum cholesterol levels. The same metrics have also been used by the AHA in its Life’s Simple 7 public awareness campaign and by the American Heart Association to define heart health.

“Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,” said lead author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois. “This association remains significant, even aft...

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