The impact of emotions on cardiovascular health.


Journal Article

Recent research suggests that the maintenance of emotional well-being is critical to cardiovascular health. People who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated have been found to be significantly more likely to suffer illnesses and to die prematurely of cardiovascular diseases than those who have adequate social support. Consequently, the development of appropriate interventions to improve the emotional health of people with certain psychosocial risk factors has become an important research goal. It is anticipated that such interventions will increase the life expectancy of people at risk and that it may also save millions of dollars in medical care costs. First, however, researchers in this field must identify specific emotional risk factors and must agree upon a working definition of "good emotional health." Such explicit definitions, as well as additional data, are essential to educating physicians and insurers so that consideration of emotional health can be integrated into basic medical care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Williams, R; Kiecolt-Glaser, J; Legato, MJ; Ornish, D; Powell, LH; Syme, SL; Williams, V

Published Date

  • September 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 52 - 58

PubMed ID

  • 11252836

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11252836

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1523-7036


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States