“Always look on the bright side of life” said the 70s famous singer, Monty Python. His advice should be taken into account if you want to have a healthy cardiac system. Researches have conducted a study suggesting that optimism does have an impact on our body, a positive one.
Some of the most prestigious universities in the States have conducted a study proving that positive thinking will improve your body’s cardiac functions. It has been said that by thinking positive you will attract positive things in life. Well, Northwestern University, Chapman University, Harvard University and Drexel University were convinced of this aspect. These universities extensively worked on a two-year in order to determine the connection between optimism and the cardiovascular system.
Experts examined more than 5,000 adults aging between 50 and 84 years. These adults were part of a Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. These individuals, named subjects, were of white and Afro-American culture, Chinese origin and Latino. They were sorted from six regions of the United States.
First of all, medical personal evaluated standard factors which determine heart health. According to American Heart Association, the factors which influence the state of the heart are: cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, smoking habits, the total body mass, diet habits and physical activities.
These seven factors along with existing medical conditions such as liver diseases or arthritis were taken into account. All adults were rated from 0 to 2, the latter being the ideal state. After adding those numbers, the heart health of the individual was determined. Moreover, the subjects were asked to answer a few surveys regarding their mental status, optimism and their physical activities.
The study’s results are amazing and most importantly very encouraging. According to their optimism, more than 50 percent of the subjects were bound to have intermediate heart hearth while 76 percent of them were likely to have an ideal score.
While this study was conducted between 2002 and 2004, last year another study showed how hostile and depressive people are more likely to experience a stroke than positive thinkers. All these studies were sponsored by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health
So an optimistic view of life does not only bring happiness but it also brings less visits to the cardiology department with no hospital bills.
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