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Personality may affect heart attack risk

Posted On Wed, August 18, 2010

Conventional advice for those looking to reduce their chances of having a heart attack or stroke says that watching one's diet is key. While eating a healthy diet may be helpful, there are other things people should be mindful of.

Research released by the American Heart Association reveals that people who are less agreeable tend to have thicker neck artery walls. Having thick neck artery walls has been associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease.

"People who tend to be competitive and more willing to fight for their own self-interest have thicker arterial walls, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease," says lead study author Dr. Angelina Sutin.

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute on Aging gave over 5,000 Italians a personality test. Three years later, those who scored in the bottom 10 percent for agreeableness had a 40 percent higher risk of having thick neck arteries.

Conditions, such as heart disease, may do more than hurt a person's health. People who have heart disease frequently end up paying higher life insurance premiums and have to go to the doctor more often than their healthier counterparts.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19927466-ADNFCR

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