A Positive Attitude is Beneficial for Heart Patients
We all have heard about the benefits of a positive attitude, but new research shows that having a positive attitude helps patients who suffer a heart attack or unstable angina. Optimistic people are more likely to heed their doctor’s advice when it comes to lifestyle changes to protect their heart – and their health. They were more likely to eliminate unhealthy behaviors like smoking and poor eating.
85% of optimistic patients had stopped smoking within a year, while half of the patients in the pessimistic group were still smoking, the study found. Similarly, 40% of the optimists were consuming five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day, compared to 20% of the pessimistic patients.
This study shows the impact a positive attitude can have on your heart health.
Work with your doctor on incorporating healthier lifestyle habits into your daily routine. Stopping smoking, eating healthier, and losing weight are great places to start.
In addition to your doctor, you’ll find resources to quit smoking on the American Lung Association website.
For ideas on what to include in a heart-healthy diet, download our free eBook “8 Heart-Healthy Recipes That Taste Great Too”.