Personality traits linked to heart problems?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

We’ve all heard about the health risks associated with having a “Type-A personality”…high stress, intensity…but what about type D? Researchers are now linking Type-D traits to future cardiovascular problems. People with a Type-D personality are often characterized with having a pessimistic, negative attitude towards life. Over 6000 patients were studied and researchers found those with a Type-D personality were three times more likely to have heart problems like peripheral artery disease, angioplasty, heart attack and death. The study suggested early screening of heart patients with Type-D personality traits can enable doctors to provide psychological and behavioral counseling.


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