Monday, April 12, 2010
Worrying can help heart patients (Australia)
"Australian researchers have made the surprising finding that patients who are worriers are likely to be better off after being hospitalised with an acute heart condition. Worry, they say, can be both normal and constructive. Results suggest that heart patients who worry may attend to their health needs more regularly and conscientiously. They may take their proper medication and may even be more proactive with their GP or other health practitioners. The study, conducted by the Black Dog Institute, challenges the published literature that patients with anxiety and depression in these cases are worse off. "