Your Temperament May Help Determine Your Cardiac Future

Research suggests that patients who embrace change and remain optimistic may have a more positive prognosis.

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The way you approach challenges and opportunities in your life could help predict your future heart health, especially once you have been diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a condition that results from reduced blood flow to the heart. Research by French investigators, published in the May issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, suggests that certain temperament traits are related to the risk of clinical events. For example, patients with a Novelty Seeking (NS) trait, tended to have a lower risk of cardiac effects and clinical events, while individuals who score high in Harm Avoidance (HA) traits tended to have a higher risk of severe cardiac events, such as a heart attack.
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