Type "D" for distressed

A newly coined personality type could signal a higher risk for heart disease.

Do you sweat the small stuff, see the glass as half empty, have trouble making friends, and keep your feelings bottled up inside? That combination could be particularly hard on your heart.

For more than a decade, researchers in the Netherlands have been looking into a connection between what they call type D personality and different aspects of heart disease. If their findings hold up elsewhere, type D could prove to be a significant contributor to heart disease. Then again, if the hoopla around Type A personality was any indication, it could end up on the scrap heap of faded ideas.

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