Optimists Have Less Risk of Heart Failure

by: Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Mind-Body-Spirit News

People who are optimistic also have a lower risk of heart failure, according to another study led by Eric Kim, MS. Using the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative study of U.S. adults, Kim and his colleagues reviewed data from 6,808 participants over a 4-year period. Higher levels of optimism were associated with lower risk of heart failure; in the people who were most optimistic, the risk was 73% lower than it was in those who were least optimistic.

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IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 11, Issue 9

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About the Author

Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA’s mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author base...