The likelihood of stroke could be reduced by adopting a positive mental attitude with regards to your future health, latest research indicates.
The optimism levels of more than 6,000 adults aged 50 and over were recorded by researchers who asked them to rank on a 16-point scale how optimistic they felt.
These findings were then compared with the stroke rate of the participants and it was revealed that over two years, there was a 9% reduction in stroke vulnerability for every point increase on the scale.
Optimism has been linked in the past to health benefits such as a healthier immune system.
US scientists working on the study, published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, made adjustments for factors that might increase the chances of having a stroke such as chronic illness or other health problems as well as social and lifestyle factors.
Eric Kim, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan who led the research, said: “Optimism seems to have a swift impact on stroke.”