According to a new study realized by Harvard Medical School researchers, persons with anger can be more exposed to the risk of heart attacks than the others. Therefore, the more intense is the anger, the higher is an imminent risk for this disease and the highest level of anger is the feeling called rage, when someone tends to throw with different things or even threaten other persons.

Manifestation of rage seems to produce the highest impact and have the highest risk of a heart attack. Data of a seven-year study of were collected from 3,886 patients, in order to determine exactly which were the main causes and factors of heart diseases. The main focus was on finding any unforgettable  angry moments  for these patients, aside from the lifestyle factors analyzed: exercise, diet or other particular medications.

Therefore, the following results have been discovered:

  • approximately 40 percent of participants manifested anger in the previous year
  • about 8 percent of this group has been shown anger within two hours of the heart attack. Thus, researchers have concluded that as the anger level is higher, so is the risk of having an emerging heart attack
  • the most common causes of anger were family problems or various work issues with the managers or colleagues
  • 1.7 times higher risk of a heart attack for a moderate anger, while mid-range anger was connected with more than twice risk for showing this disease. As for a full-on expression of anger, risk of heart attack was 4.5 times higher

Researchers have also concluded that anger also generates other problems such as stress hormones, including cortisol or norepinephrine, as a direct response. Thus, people manifested a high level of blood pressure and blood vessel constriction caused by this anger shown.

These data were collected by researchers during the early to mid 1990s have found that different drugs weren’t utilized enough to establish if they were a determined factor to prevent heart attacks. But, drugs prescribed to reduce blood pressure such as beta-blockers have had a fair utilization during that period, so this study linked with a reduced risk of heart attack.

Another interesting finding from this research has indicated that frequent exercise didn’t contribute to lower the risk of heart attacks. Participants with a good heath condition were also exposed to a high risk of heart attack after an episode of anger. Aside from these influential factors such as lifestyle, diet, physical or mental conditions, anger remains the top factor linked with heart attack.

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