Angry Outbursts: Are You Increasing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke?

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What You Need to Know: Explosions of anger appear to spell danger for the heart and brain.

Evidence: Researchers reviewed 9 research studies involving more than 4,500 incidents of heart attack, 800 incidents of stroke, 300 incidents of heart rhythm problems, and 462 incidents of acute coronary syndrome. Researchers found that 2 hours after an angry outburst, an individual’s risk of

  • heart attack increases 5-fold
  • stroke 4-fold
  • heart rhythm problems increases significantly

My Take: While the risk from any one outburst was not great, the effect was measurable. Stay cool. The findings noted above should be known by all, but especially for those with higher risk due to underlying risk factors (for example, diabetes, obesity, or a history of heart attack or stroke).

The small print: The material presented herein is informational only, and is not designed to provide specific guidance for an individual. Please check with a valued health care provider with any questions or concerns. As for me, I am a Harvard- , Yale- and UPenn-educated radiation oncologist, and I practice in the Seattle, WA (USA) area. I feel genuinely privileged to be able to share with you. If you enjoyed today’s offering, please consider clicking the follow button at the bottom of this page.

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Reference: Massachusetts General Hospital, Mind,Mood & Memory (vol 10, no. 5); May 2014;European Heart Journal (online 03 March 2014).

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