About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Stroke More Likely to Affect Hostile People

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on July 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM
Font : A-A+

 Stroke More Likely to Affect Hostile People

The risk of having a stroke in the middle-aged and older adults is double if the person feels cynical and hostile toward others, a study out on Thursday revealed.

The research in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, also found that depression and high stress increased stroke risk.

Advertisement

For the study, more than 6,700 adults aged 45 to 84 answered questionnaires about their state of mind and behavior.

These surveys assessed chronic stress, depressive symptoms, anger and hostility over two years, and low scores indicated a lesser frequency of these feelings.
Advertisement

Subjects reported no heart disease at the beginning of the study.

They were followed for between eight and 11 years, during which time 147 had strokes and 48 transient ischemic attack (TIAs), a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain.

Researchers found that those with the highest hostility scores -- measured by assessing a person's cynical expectations of other people's motives -- were more than twice as likely to have a stroke or TIA, compared to the lowest scorers.

Similarly, high scores on depressive symptoms meant an 86 percent higher risk, and the chronically stressed faced a 59 percent higher risk of stroke or TIA.

Perhaps surprisingly, anger was not associated with any risk of increased stroke.

The study included a broad mix of Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic and Asian people.

The associations between psychology and stroke remained even after researchers accounted for age, race, sex, health behaviors and other known risk factors of stroke.

"There's such a focus on traditional risk factors -- cholesterol levels, blood pressure, smoking and so forth -- and those are all very important, but studies like this one show that psychological characteristics are equally important," said lead author Susan Everson-Rose, associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

"Given our aging population, it's important to consider these other factors that might play a role in disease risk."

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines May Improve Mental Health
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Bellīs Palsy Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Mitral Valve Stenosis And Mitral Valve Replacement Congenital Heart Disease Stress and the Gender Divide Stroke Facts Stroke Hyperventilation Aphasia How to Deal with a Stroke 

Recommended Reading
Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is caused when body temperature or hyperthermia exceeds 40.6°C or 105.1°F. Heat stroke ...
Stroke Survivors Need Emotional Support
About 152,000 individuals in England are affected by stroke annually. The repercussions of stroke .....
Stroke - Top Ten Facts
Strokes occur when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. It is imperative to detect the ......
Quiz on Stroke
Stroke is the third leading cause of death world over. Besides, it also disables the affected ......
Aphasia
Aphasia is a condition where the patient has a language disorder. The patient has problems with comp...
Congenital Heart Disease
Heart diseases that are present at birth are called “ Congenital heart ......
How to Deal with a Stroke
Stroke is a brain attack, which occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. It affects...
Hyperventilation
Hyperventilation occurs when a person breathes in excess to the body’s ......
Mitral Valve Stenosis And Mitral Valve Replacement
Mitral valve replacement is a surgical heart procedure to correct either the narrowing (stenosis) or...
Stress and the Gender Divide
Stress has become entwined in the current lifestyle of a young working couple and has resulted in th...
Stroke
Stroke can cause permanent disability and it is important to recognize its early warning signs to st...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use