By On September 4th, 2009

Hopelessness increases stroke risk in middle-aged women

Now this is an interesting study; findings from an article recently published online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association found that hopelessness may actually be associated with increased stroke risk. The study found that hopelessness among seemingly healthy middle-aged women was associated with subclinical carotid atherosclerosis. A cross-sectional study found that those with greater degrees of hopelessness had higher mean (P=0.0139) and maximum (P=0.0297) carotid intimal-medial thickening (which is an early marker of atherosclerosis and stroke risk) when compared to women who had a more optimistic view about their future. According to Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, “This is the first study to suggest that hopelessness may be related to subclinical cardiovascular disease in women without clinical symptoms of heart disease and who are generally healthy.” Science has long proposed a mind-body connection. This is one of many studies that reinforces this theory.  Click here to read an article from Irish Health that discusses this study more.

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