Getting Angry May Trigger Heart Attack, Stroke

Do you get irate with other people in your family and neighbourhood even over apparently trivial matters? Well, we suggest that it is time to calm down. A new research has suggested that people who experience massive anger outbursts are at an increased risk for heart attacks or strokes.

Angry woman

The research published in this month’s European Heart Journal found that an angry outburst increased the risk of a heart attack and a stroke in the following two hours by between 2.4 and 7.3 times, and between 1.7 and 7.6 times respectively.

If you are already suffering from a heart ailment, getting angry is no longer an option, as you are at an increased risk of cardiovascular events.

Dr. Murray A. Mittleman, senior study author and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said: “The relative risk was similar for people who had known pre-existing heart disease and those who didn’t.

“A person with pre-existing heart disease or cardiovascular disease, the absolute risk they are incurring is much greater than (that of) a person without cardiovascular disease or risk factors.

“If we look at somebody at higher risk for having cardiovascular events, and they get angry multiple times a day, this can lead to 650 extra heart attacks per year out of 10, 000 a year.

“When we look at a person who is relatively low risk, but if they do have these episodes of anger fairly frequently, we estimate there would be about 150 extra heart attacks out of 10,000 a year.”

The report is an analysis of nine studies that took place in different countries during various time periods. Anger and cardiovascular events self-reported over nearly two decades were analysed.

According to experts, heart rate increases because of anger and ultimately leads to elevation of stress hormones

Dr. Mariell Jessup, president of the American Heart Association, said: “We breathe faster, all of which may trigger undesirable reactions in our blood pressure or in our arteries.”

Researchers suggest that people with heart ailments should take part in regular physical activities to control anger.

Besides, researchers say, talking to friends and acquaintances and sharing your stories help reduce stress and anger.

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