The expression “In a healthy body, a healthy spirit” has perhaps never been more relevant than in a new heart condition study. Experts from the American Heart Association say that a positive mental state and overall optimism about life can reduce a person’s chances of developing heart disease.
“The human mind, heart and body are interrelated and interdependent. Optimism and a positive outlook on life and a sense of happiness make our heart healthier,” said Glenn N. Levine, a doctor at Baylor College of Medicine.
He says the study proved that negative psychological factors, personality traits and mental health disorders can negatively affect cardiovascular health. On the other hand, positive psychological characteristics are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.
Likewise, maintaining a positive mood can improve longevity. Mental conditions such as depression, stress, anxiety and anger can lead to the development of risks of early death from poor heart health. The study found that patients who face these psychological problems tend to have a higher risk of heart rate and rhythm disorders, digestive problems, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation and less blood flow to the heart.
The study is published in the journal Circulation.