Tantrums increase the risk of heart attacks



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Tantrum increases risk of heart attack and stroke
05.03.2014

According to a US study, a tantrum increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The risk of heart attack increased five-fold in the two hours after an outbreak of anger. However, it is not yet clear why the increase is occurring.

Heart attack risk increases five-fold People who often have outbreaks of anger increase their risk of a heart attack or stroke enormously. This was the result of a study by several American scientists, which was published on Tuesday in the European Heart Journal. As a result, the scientists calculated that the risk of a heart attack increased five-fold in the two hours after a tantrum, compared to the times when the same person was balanced and calm. The risk of suffering a stroke increases three times. In addition, the outbursts of anger could lead to cardiac arrhythmia.

Risk of a single outburst of anger relatively low For the study, the authors evaluated nine previous studies that involved patients with a tendency to outburst of anger. There were 5,000 cases of heart problems and at least 800 strokes documented in these studies. The analysis of the statistics has now underpinned the long-standing suspicion that strong emotions can lead to an infarction or stroke. However, the biological causes for this remain unclear. According to the study, the risk increases if the person already has cardiovascular problems or if they are particularly angry. As Elizabeth Mostofsky of the prestigious Harvard School of Public Health in Massachusetts explained, the risk of an acute cardiovascular problem remains relatively low with a single outbreak of anger. "But the risk can increase for people who are often angry," says the scientist.

It is unclear why outbursts of anger increase the risk. According to the study, this applies above all to people with other risk factors and those who have already had an infarction or stroke and those who have diabetes. According to statistics, out of 10,000 people who have five tantrums a day, 158 suffer a heart attack. The authors calculated that out of 10,000 people with certain risk factors for the cardiovascular system, who are also angry five times a day, 657 get a heart attack. According to the study, however, it is still unclear why outbursts of anger increase the risk of an infarction or stroke. The researchers point out that previous studies have shown that psychological stress speeds up the heartbeat and increases blood pressure. This could lead to blood clots or inflammation. Therefore, several US specialists recommended a global approach to reduce "chronic mental stress".

Bring emotionally positive lifestyle to life Italian scientists had also shown years ago that anger has a negative impact on health. A ten-year long-term study by researchers from the Institute for Clinical Physiology in Pisa showed that negative heart effects such as aggression, depression, hostility and anger have a negative effect on the heart in heart attack patients. Heart patients should not rely on medication alone, but rather lead an emotionally positive lifestyle. According to the study, cardiac patients, who were often still annoyed and stressed after the infarction, had a significantly worse prognosis than those with a balanced and happy life. As the researchers also emphasized, positive feelings could even improve the chances of recovery. According to the study, this includes compassion, imagination, security and spiritual interests. Some people who have a tantrum too often can help with various relaxation procedures, such as progressive muscle relaxation or autogenic training. (sb)

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