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Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart

Pessimism heart healthA study carried out in Finland shows that pessimism may increase the likelihood of early death from heart disease.

Key takeaways:

  •        The most pessimistic people had twice the increased risk of dying of heart disease.
  • These findings apply to both men and women.
  • Pessimism is associated with an increase in both inflammatory hormones and stress hormones that predispose people to heart disease.

“Although we might not be able to say, ‘Be optimistic, it’s going to save you,’ what we can say is that pessimism really creates a stressful environment in your body and that leads to heart disease,” she said.

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