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Heart Health

01 March 2011

Optimism really is good for the heart

Heart patients are more likely to survive if they have a positive outlook, researchers report in a study showing that a patient's attitude impacts their ability to return to a normal lifestyle but also their health over the long term and ultimately their survival.

Heart patients are more likely to survive if they have a positive outlook, researchers are reporting.

The increased risk of death among pessimistic patients persisted even after the researchers compensated for a number of factors, including heart disease severity, age, gender, income, depression, and social support.

Attitude affects recovery

 

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