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A Positive Attitude is Beneficial for Heart Patients

A Positive Attitude is Beneficial for Heart Patients

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”.

3 Reasons to Use MyChart

MyChart

3 Reasons to Use MyChart. 

If you aren’t already using MyChart you should be. MyChart, which is a free service, allows you to access to your medical information, manage your appointments, and stay in touch with your doctor. It helps you to stay on top of your health care.

Did you know with MyChart you can:

View your medical information online

  • View your medical history, including medications, immunizations and allergies.
  • Receive test results online – no waiting for a phone call or letter.
  • Review your doctor’s instructions.

Stay in touch with your doctor

  • Request a prescription refill online.
  • Communication with your doctor is as easy as sending an email message – but far more secure.

Manage your appointments

  • Request an appointment online.
  • Receive appointment reminders.
  • View a record of your past appointments.

Next time you’re in for a visit, ask your provider for more information. We’ll be happy to help you. When you check out you’ll receive a MyChart Access Code along with your paperwork. This code will allow you to create a log in so you can start managing your account.

You can also set up an account by visiting the MyChart website. Signup today!