Getting really angry might be more dangerous than you think…
A new study found people who experienced severe anger outbursts were more at risk for cardiovascular events in the two hours following the outbursts compared to those who remained calm.
The study was designed so that each patient was compared to his or her own baseline risk. “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,” Mittleman says.
The study published Monday in the European Heart Journal was a data analysis looking at nine studies where anger and cardiovascular events were self-reported over nearly two decades.
The study found a 4.74 times higher risk of MI (myocardial infarction, or heart attack) or ACS acute coronary syndrome, where the heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood) following outbursts of anger.
This disruption may mean the heart or the brain doesn’t get the blood and oxygen they need resulting in a heart attack or a stroke
Researchers suggest more needs to be done to come up with effective interventions to prevent cardiovascular events triggered by anger outbursts.
The American Heart Association suggests regular physical activity, finding a way to relax or talking with friends to help reduce stress and anger.