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Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke Increases After Anger Outburst

Anger Issues

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  • When a person is angry, their risk of heart attack increases by nearly five-fold and their risk of stroke by more than three-fold in the two hours following an angry outburst (compared to when they are not angry)
  • The risk was even greater among those who had a history of heart problems or frequent episodes of anger
  • Intense emotions like anger trigger a cascade of physical reactions, including increases in stress hormones, heart rate, arterial tension, and blood pressure, prompting changes in blood flow that encourage blood clots and trigger inflammation
  • While negative emotions may harm your heart, a positive outlook has been linked to a one-third lower risk of cardiac events

By Dr. Mercola

Intense emotion is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke, particularly in the first hours after the emotion occurs. While prevention efforts typically focus on more concrete steps like physical exercise, not smoking, and a healthier diet, it's just as important, if not more so, to tend to your emotional health as well.


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