Heart attack risk higher with angry outburst

ISLAMABAD: New study carried out by the US researchers has suggested that hot-tempered people are threatened by higher risk of heart and circulatory problems.

Results of nine studies and monitoring thousands of people unraveled that in a period of about two hours immediately after an angry outburst, risk of a heart attack increased nearly five-fold and risk of stroke increased more than three-fold, Press Tv Reported.

The Harvard School of Public Health researchers calculated the risk at a population level according to the number of people’s outburst of anger.

“The risk with a single outburst of anger is low, around one extra heart attack per 10,000 people per year could be expected among people with low cardiovascular risk who were angry only once a month, increasing to an extra four per 10,000 people with a high cardiovascular risk,” study reports.

“Five episodes of anger a day would result in around 158 extra heart attacks per 10,000 people with a low cardiovascular risk per year, increasing to about 657 extra heart attacks per 10,000 among those with a high cardiovascular risk,” Elizabeth Mostofsky and colleagues calculate.

While the team emphasizes that their results do not necessarily show that anger causes heart attack, they say it may be linked to the physiological changes that anger causes to the body but more research is needed.

Source: APP