Researchers used a questionnaire to assess the moods of 600 heart disease patients in a Denmark hospital.
Five years later, researchers found the most positive patients exercised more and had a 42 per cent less chance of dying for any reason during the follow-up period. Deaths were less than 10 per cent.
Among patients with less positive attitudes, 50 deaths occurred (16.5 per cent).
Positive mood and exercise also cut the risk of heart-related hospitalisations, reports Science Daily.
Coronary artery disease is caused by narrowed arteries that don’t provide enough blood and oxygen to the heart.
“We should focus not only on increasing positive attitude in cardiac rehabilitation, but also make sure that patients perform exercise on a regular basis, as exercise is associated with both increased levels of optimism and better health,” said Susanne S. Pedersen, one of the study authors and professor of cardiac psychology, the Department of…
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