Even Small Amounts of Anger Could Cause Heart Attacks or Strokes

Even Small Amounts of Anger Could Cause Heart Attacks or Strokes

A new study has come out that states even a small amount of anger could cause the human body to go down the path of having either a heart attack or a stroke. Besides this one, there have been very few research reports done which actually explored the connection between short anger bouts and cardiovascular occurrences in the hours that immediately follow. However, the findings are consistent with showing a direct cause and effect. However it is still not clear just how strong the risk is, stated the researchers in their report in the European Heart Journal.

The research study read that relative risks that were examined in this study showed that there was a higher chance of experiencing a cardiovascular incident after having an upsurge of anger among individuals at risk of a cardiovascular event. Yet since an anger episode might happen rarely and the effect period is brief, the total impact on such a disease affliction is actually very low. However if the anger bouts start to increase, these fleeting effects might start to add up, leading to bigger heart attacks impact on the body.

A number of smaller studies had looked at the association between anger and cardiovascular health, but this study wanted to discover the uniformity of the connection. The scientists studied various scenarios where anger had apparently led to heart attacks, strokes and ventricular arrhythmia within only two hours after the initial outbursts. In mutual results from nearly five situations, the chance of having a heart attack was nearly 4.75 percent higher in the hours after a flare-up. In the respective results of two other circumstances, the danger of having a stroke was not considerably elevated. Yet one study did show that there was some showing of intracranial hemorrhage and displayed the chance of stroke was actually somewhat higher in the first hour after a fit of anger. The risks were, of course, found to be higher for those individuals who had a larger chance of having some sort of cardiovascular episode to begin with.

In an editorial written by Suzanne Arnold, M.D., who works at a heart institute in Missouri, and some of her associates, they talked about some of the possible mechanisms that connect anger to cardiovascular happenings. They penned that through increases in circulating chemicals there can be a raised oxygen demand from the heart muscle, coronary spasms, and bigger platelet aggregability. The anger may cause temporary ischemia, disturbance of extra plaque and therefore increased thrombotic possibility. Such changes can then bring on heart attacks, strokes or some kind of irregular arrhythmias.

How researchers are able to advance forward in lessening the problem of such risk factors in individuals and how its impression on cardiovascular health is still up in the air. From the lessons that have been learned from attempting to treat depression after heart attacks, by treating anger separately is unlikely to help. Instead, a larger and more ample approach to treating both critical and long-lasting mental stress, and its related emotional stressors, is likely to be needed to help heal an angry heart.

It is believed by some physicians that beta-blockers might end up easing some of the negative concerns of angry bursts but that their use would be restricted by side effects. It was also mentioned that behavioral interventions which can help folks to diminish their outbursts and/or the additional biological stimulation could be one effective way of plummeting the health damage linked with angry flare-ups.

It is also believed that psychosocial skills training may lessen anger levels and the amount of the surges in blood pressure and heart rate which accompanied the situations of anger. The new study has come out that states even a small amount of anger could cause the human body to go down the path of having either a heart attack or a stroke.

By Kimberly Ruble

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2 Responses to "Even Small Amounts of Anger Could Cause Heart Attacks or Strokes"

  1. stevesaw   March 4, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Well, here’s the obvious rejoinder:

    Damn it, this study make me so angry! ..arrggghhh… (-flump-) 😉

    Reply
  2. jud   March 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I am so screwed.

    Reply

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