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"Having a Goal in Life May Help Extend Lifespan"

  • Tech Times
  • (March 08, 2015)

Having a purpose in life has been linked with psychological well-being before. Researchers have now found that it also can also help extend lifespans by protecting the heart. In a study presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Sessions, researchers led by a team from Mount Sinai Roosevelt and Mount Sinai St. Luke's have determined that having a goal in life lowers risks of stroke and heart disease. "Our study shows there is a strong relationship between having a sense of purpose in life and protection from dying or having a cardiovascular event," said Randy Cohen, MD, lead author for the study and a preventive cardiologist at Mount Sinai. Alan Rozanski, MD, wellness and prevention programs director from The Mount Sinai Hospital, and a co-author for the study, said that their research should aid future studies in further assessing how important having a life purpose is as a factor that determines well-being and realizing the impact that it carries. Learn more.