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You can measure? The researchers measured put in relation to the optimism with some parameters linked to health. The study was conducted in a group of 49 people who have a stroke, three months away from the event. But how do you tell if a person is optimistic? Optimism is an abstract concept that includes a set of diverse mental attitudes positive, ranging from confidence, to hope in the future, up to the consciousness of what we possess or we have obtained good. To measure optimism, the researchers carried out a standard test used in psychology, called a Life Oriented Test.
The experts then assessed the stroke severity using the score for the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, a scale developed by the National Institutes of Health, the u.s. equivalent of our Ministry of Health. While to estimate the inflammation have measured, through the analysis of the blood, the values of some markers, such as Pcr, interleukin 6, and the alpha factor of tumor necrosis - a factor of inflammation that is raised not only in tumors but also in other diseases. Finally they put the data on optimism with those of the inflammation and disability after stroke.
Less inflammation From the survey, funded by various institutions, including the American Heart Association, showed that in three months from a stroke, patients are more optimistic have even levels of inflammation lower. In addition, greater trust was associated with less physical disability and a lower severity of the cardiovascular event. “It is not clear how optimism and less disability are linked, as he explains in a video comment Ralph L. Sacco , head of the department of neurology at the University of Miami. “But the data seem to suggest that the most optimistic could have lower levels of inflammation lower, and we know that inflammation can worsen the recovery.”
in Short, even if the study is still on a few patients, the research seems to indicate that the ability to think positively can promote the recovery, a result which is in line with that of other studies on the relationship between optimism and health. Keep in mind this is important not only for the person affected by a stroke, but also for the family, to foster an environment as much as possible clear and positive. “Patients and their families should be aware of the importance of a positive environment in which the patient might benefit from that,” explained Yun-Ju Lai , first author of the study, the university of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. “Mental health has an impact on recovery after a stroke”.
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