Tweet by Patty Carrosicia, R. Recent studies show that severe prolonged stress and chronic negative thinking can compromise the immune system. By the same token, studies have also revealed that individuals with a positive attitude toward life tend to become sick less often than those with a negative attitude. For example, in a study of women with breast cancer.
The study—led by Alexander Fanaroff, a fellow in the department of cardiology at the Duke University Medical Center—found that a positive outlook may improve the outcome of people with chronic angina. Although much attention has been given to the link between depression and heart health, this is the first study to look at whether optimism could be protective for those with heart disease and chronic angina.
It found that those who characterized themselves as more optimistic were 40 percent less likely to be hospitalized with angina or to require surgery to restore blood flow. Even after accounting for the fact that the optimistic group was healthier overall, they were still 30 percent less likely to be hospitalized or have the procedure.
The researchers used data from almost 2, people with chronic angina who were having a procedure to open a blocked artery. These patients filled out a questionnaire about their quality of life, the conditions of their angina and how optimistic they were about their future health.
They answered the same questions after one, six and twelve months. Out of the patients given the questionnaire, were most optimistic, were somewhat optimistic, were undecided and were not optimistic. These opinions remained stable over time.
Those who said they were most optimistic reported less angina and were less likely to have a history of heart attack, heart failure, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. However, Fanaroff cautioned that the research was observational and has limitations related to correlation and causation.
He noted that there are three possibilities for the results the study found. People may be able to accurately predict what their disease progression will be like and have adequate expectations based on how they are feeling, so those who are in better health feel more optimistic.
Alternatively, people who are more optimistic might engage in behaviors that help them get better. Another possibility—especially in the case of chronic angina—is that optimistic people who have symptoms avoid panicking and rushing to the emergency room, instead calling their doctors for advice.
This leads to fewer hospitalizations overall. Fanaroff explained that this research is important because it can lead to possible clinical trials and interventions to improve outcomes of those with chronic angina.
Although a positive attitude may not actually be causing patients with heart conditions to get better, encouraging them to focus on good thoughts is still worthwhile.Oct 21, · Intriguingly, attention restoration effects are also observed after participants simply watch films or photographs that depict natural scene content (van den Berg et al., ; Berto, ), implying that direct physical engagement with nature may be unnecessary to promote positive restoration effects.
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creating a vicious cycle between your mind and body. PNI describes ways in which our emotions and attitude, both positive and negative, can affect our health and also the outcome of medical treatment. Emotions and Stress PNI research is concerned with the subtle interactions between our nervous, endocrine and immune systems and disease.
Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
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