Heart disease? Stay happy to survive, says study

March 2, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Scientists link optimism to improved survival rates for coronary artery disease patients in new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Heart disease? Stay happy to survive, says study. Coronary artery disease patients with an optimistic outlook on their recovery are more likely to survive longer than those with negative outlooks, new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests. For the study, about 2,800 heart disease patients were given a questionnaire that asked them about their belief in their ability to recover.

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