Optimists have better heart health than pessimists, study suggests

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Elderly men with an optimistic attitude seem to have better cardiovascular health than their peers who are more pessimistic, according to a new study.

Dutch researchers who studied men aged 64 to 84 for up to 15 years found that men determined to be optimists at the outset in 1985 were 55% less likely to die of heart disease or stroke by 2000 as men who were more pessimistic by nature. Other major factors, including general health, smoking and family history of cardiovascular disease were also considered.

Researchers also noted that optimistic men tend to exercise more and give higher ratings to their overall health. The findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.