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Anger Is Bad For Your Heart

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Anger Is Bad For Your Heart

Ava Morris July 11, 2019

If you frequently experience high levels of anger or you always worry about something, then you are in a risk group for developing heart diseases.

The first study evaluating how our emotions affect our heart showed that the risk of heart attack is by 8.5 times higher in the first two hours after a fit of anger. Anxiety increases the risk of developing heart disorders by 9.5 times. You can read about the results of the study in more detail in the European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care.

We all understand anger differently. Scientists defined anger as a state characterized by “a very strong tension in the body, fist or jaw clenching, feeling as though you are going to blow up” and even “rage, inability to control oneself, throwing things”. Emotions weaker than these did not affect the risk of a heart attack. 

The subjects named the following causes of anger: family conflicts (29%), conflicts with other people (42%), work-related anger (14%) or driving issues (14%).

Negative emotions, anger or anxiety are manifested in a rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, blood vessel narrowing, and thrombosis. All these physiological reactions may trigger a heart attack.