Heart Attack Risk Increased by Angry Outbursts

by Kathy Jones on  March 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM Lifestyle News
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People who go through severe anger outbursts have a higher risk of suffering cardiovascular events in the next two hours following an episode, a new study published in the European Heart Journal reveals.
 Heart Attack Risk Increased by Angry Outbursts
Heart Attack Risk Increased by Angry Outbursts

Researchers at Harvard Medical School analyzed data of nine different studies in which anger and cardiovascular events were self-reported over nearly two decades.

The researchers found that those who experienced a severe anger outburst were 4.74 times more likely to suffer from myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome in the hours following the outbursts.

"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", lead researcher Dr Murray A. Mittleman said.



Source: Medindia

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