Type D Personality: A Killer?

Is your personality killing you?

Professor Johan Denollet seems to think it might be. He says the health-risk personality, labeled Type D, which is characterized by, “negative emotions like anxiety, frustration and anger,” has a strong link to heart attack risk.

The study, published in the Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes journal looked at research from 19 other studies that included over 6,000 participants.

Those with a Type D personality and a history of heart disease are about 3.7 times more likely to have a heart attack or other heart health problems than those with more optimistic personalities.

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