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Positive Outlook in Heart Disease Tied to Fewer Deaths
September 20, 2013 - September 25, 2013

 People with heart disease who are more upbeat and excited tend to live longer than those who don't have such a positive outlook, a new study suggests, possibly because they are often more active.

 

Researchers surveyed people with ischemic heart disease - when the heart doesn't get enough blood due to narrowed arteries - and found earning a high score on measures of "positive affect" was tied to a greater chance of being a regular exerciser and a lower risk of dying over the next five years.

 

"It adds to the body of literature suggesting that there may be relationships between positive affect … and all-cause mortality," Richard Sloan, who studies psychological risk factors and heart disease at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, said.

 

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/us-heart-deaths-idUSBRE98J0F620130920

 

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