By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS 

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Optimism and cardiovascular health may be linked, according to a study presented Friday.

Researchers analyzed a study of 4,960 Hispanic/Latino adults, ages 18 to 75 years. An optimism score was calculated that ranged from six to 24, with higher scores indicating greater levels of optimism. Using American Heart Association measures of cardiovascular health, which included diet, body mass index, physical activity, cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting glucose, and smoking status, to group people into categories of poor (0-7 points), intermediate (8-11 points) and ideal (12-14 points), they found that 9.2 percent of the people studied had ideal cardiovascular health.

Compared to the least optimistic group, those with moderate levels of optimism were 61 percent more likely to have ideal cardiovascular health and 37 percent more likely to have intermediate cardiovascular health.

This study, presented at AHA’s  Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions, offers early evidence of a potential association between optimism and cardiovascular health among Hispanic/Latino adults, according to the authors.