If you knew that frequent anger might raise your risk of heart disease significantly, would you continue to blow off steam by yelling and smashing things during an argument or getting furious if the office email crashes during a rushed, stressful day?
Following an outburst of anger, a persons risk of experiencing a heart attack increases for about two hours, Medical News Today reported.
In a study published in the European Heart Journal, researchers from Harvard University performed a systematic review of nine studies conducted between January 1966 and June 2013 that examined the link between anger and cardiovascular risk.
By calculating the annual rate of heart attacks per 10,000 people in the population, researchers were able to determine a persons risk of experiencing a cardiac event increased depending on his or her cardiovascular risk level and the number of times they became angry in a day.
“Although the risk of experiencing an acute cardiovascular event with any single outburst of anger is relatively low, the risk can accumulate for people with frequent episodes of anger, study author Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky, of Harvard University, said. This is particularly important for people who have higher risk due …
The actual risk of a deadline or angry outburst giving you a heart attack is small. The studies looked at raised voices and fist-clenching, not losing control and hurling things, so you could try counting to 10, walking away from the situation or asking yourself if it really matters. Eating healthily, exercising and stopping smoking are all likely to be more important in reducing your risk of heart disease than controlling your temper – and exercise has the added benefit of reducing stress and anger.
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