Hope Prevents Stroke?

New data suggest that optimism may lower the risk of stroke.

By | July 22, 2011

FLICKR, TIAGO ZANIRATTI

In addition to improving one’s mental health, optimism may also provide physical benefits, by lowering the risk of stroke, the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Among 6,044 adults over the age of 50, self-reported optimism correlated with a decrease in acute stroke risk over the following two years: for every point increase on standard cognitive test for optimism (a 16-point scale), stroke risk decreased by 9 percent.

Earlier studies have also associated optimism with better heart health and enhanced immune functioning, but this is the first evidence that a positive outlook on life may also help prevent stroke. "Our work suggests that people who expect the best things in life actively take steps to promote health," taking vitamins, eating healthy, and exercising, Eric Kim, study lead author and a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Michigan, said in a press release.

Advertisement

Add a Comment

Avatar of: You

You

Processing...
Processing...

Sign In with your LabX Media Group Passport to leave a comment

Not a member? Register Now!

LabX Media Group Passport Logo

Comments

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

July 23, 2011

Certainly man lives by hope, world has progressed with contributions from so many humans in spite of helpless conditions Create hope for better life and a better world

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

July 23, 2011

Very often a stroke is result of unjustified and unconfirmed expectations. Such behavior indicates the life in illusions. A hope also is an expectation. Some people can't distinguish between optimism and their illusionary expectations.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

July 23, 2011

Certainly man lives by hope, world has progressed with contributions from so many humans in spite of helpless conditions Create hope for better life and a better world

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

July 23, 2011

Very often a stroke is result of unjustified and unconfirmed expectations. Such behavior indicates the life in illusions. A hope also is an expectation. Some people can't distinguish between optimism and their illusionary expectations.

Avatar of: Doctortvrao

Anonymous

July 23, 2011

Certainly man lives by hope, world has progressed with contributions from so many humans in spite of helpless conditions Create hope for better life and a better world

Avatar of: Azad Najafov

Azad Najafov

Posts: 4

July 23, 2011

Very often a stroke is result of unjustified and unconfirmed expectations. Such behavior indicates the life in illusions. A hope also is an expectation. Some people can't distinguish between optimism and their illusionary expectations.

Avatar of: Ems

Anonymous

August 1, 2011

It's not optimism!  Optimism results from healthy levels of metabolytes and a general sense of well being.  That is what induces a long life and when people feel better they are more optimistic

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

August 1, 2011

It's not optimism!  Optimism results from healthy levels of metabolytes and a general sense of well being.  That is what induces a long life and when people feel better they are more optimistic

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

August 1, 2011

It's not optimism!  Optimism results from healthy levels of metabolytes and a general sense of well being.  That is what induces a long life and when people feel better they are more optimistic

Advertisement

Popular Now

  1. Staying Active in the Lab
    Careers Staying Active in the Lab

    Retiring as a professor, and even shutting down your own lab, doesn’t necessarily mean quitting research.

  2. When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?
  3. The Lies That Scars Tell
    Notebook The Lies That Scars Tell

    Macaque trainers in Bangladesh are often bitten by their monkeys, but rarely infected by a particular simian retrovirus.

  4. Antibiotic Resistance Can Boost Bacterial Fitness
Advertisement
Advertisement
The Scientist