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Personality traits are not linked to coronary athero-sclerosis

A study of psychosocial factors has concluded that anger, anxiety, depressive symptoms and chronic stress were not associated with coronary calcification, according to research published in the Ann Intern Med.

The researchers looked at a sample

of 6789 adults aged 45 to 84 with no history of cardiovascular disease. The participants' psychosocial factors were assessed by questionnaire, while levels

of coronary calcium were examined using chest-computed tomography.

There was no evidence that higher levels of the psychosocial measures were associated with greater prevalence of calcification, or with greater amounts

of calcification. The age- and risk factor-adjusted relative prevalences of calcification in men in the top quartile versus the bottom quartile in terms of anger, anxiety and depressive symptoms were 1.01, 0.93, and 0.92 respectively.


Diez Roux A, Ranjit N et al. Psychosocial factors

and coronary calcium in adults without clinical cardiovascular disease. Ann Intern Med 2006:144;822–31

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