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Cheery people are more likely to beat heart disease

09/26/2013 1:07 PM

09/26/2013 1:14 PM

If you had to guess, whom would you think is most likely to survive a heart attack: A grump or an optimist?

You probably guessed an optimist – and you’d be right.

Reuters Health is reporting that people with heart disease who are more upbeat and excited tend to live longer than those without a positive attitude.

Possibly, this is because optimists, cheery and upbeat people tend to be in motion more. And the more exercise you get, the healthier you are. And the happier you are (it’s a circular thing).

Not that there’s a direct line linking depression and heart disease. Lots more study needs to be done to make that connection.

But while we’re waiting for those studies, let’s dance.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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