Less agreeable people may be upping their risk of heart attack

Dec 08, 2010

Agreeable people may be less-likely to have a heart attack

Life insurance doesn't have to be a costly investment, especially for people who are in good health. Having a strong heart is just one way people can achieve this.

Eating a well-balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise is a common recommendation for getting and maintaining a healthy heart. Now, research released by the American Heart Association reveals that temperament may also impact a person's risk of developing a heart attack or stroke.

U.S. National Institute on Aging researchers administered a personality test and found that those who scored in the bottom 10 percent for agreeableness were at a 40 percent increased risk of having thick neck arteries. Thick neck artery walls have been associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Study author Angelina Sutin says that certain personality traits tend to be indicative of certain behaviors.

"Agreeable people tend to be trusting, straightforward and show concern for others, while people who score high on antagonism tend to be distrustful, skeptical and at the extreme cynical, manipulative, self-centered, arrogant and quick to express anger," says Sutin.

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