The impact of emotions on cardiovascular health.

R. Williams, J. Kiecolt-Glaser, M. J. Legato, D. Ornish, L. H. Powell, S. L. Syme, V. Williams

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-58
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gender-Specific Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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