Optimists Have Less Risk of Heart Failure

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 13, 2014

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.

The study is available in Circulation: Heart Failure (2014; doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.113.000644), a journal of the American Heart Association.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is 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 based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.