Patients with coronary artery disease who displayed a positive attitude were 42% less likely to die within five years and twice as likely to exercise compared with those who were pessimistic, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. However, the analysis of 600 patients in a Danish hospital wasn't able to determine whether the patients' positive attitudes prompted them to exercise or whether exercise led to a more positive outlook, nor did it measure how long or how hard the patients exercised.
Study of heart patients finds connection among attitude, exercise and outcomes
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