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Don't let that angry outburst lead to a heart attack…

by , 16 May 2013

“I was so angry I could just FEEL my blood pressure rising!” If you make this statement regularly, you could be at risk of a heart attack. That's because research has just proven that high levels of anger are linked to a raised heart attack risk. Here's how to take action by cooling your anger the next time you feel yourself turning red with rage!

 
It’s hardly news that bottling up your emotions has a negative effect on your body and mind.
 
What IS news, is that letting this anger out through angry outburst can have just as much of a detrimental effect.
 
In fact, a study of thousands of heart attack patients has found that those who stated they had regularly “flown into a rage” in the previous year were more than twice as likely to have had their heart attack within two hours of that episode, says Reuters.
 
The participants’ reported that the most common causes of angry outbursts were family issues, conflicts at work and commuting, says eMaxHealth.
 
And anger while commuting’s becoming a bigger problem around the world as more people take to the roads, meaning it’s highly likely you’ll sit in a traffic jam, stressing your way to higher anger levels, says FSPHealth.  
 
This form of chronic stress puts your mental health through the wringer, leading to increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, says Health Canal.
 
Now, having an angry outburst also raises your risk of having a heart attack.
 
Here’s why angry outbursts raise your heart attack risk…
 
Anger releases the fight-or-flight-response hormones.
 
These, in turn, raise your blood pressure and pulse, constrict blood vessels and make blood platelets stickier, which increases the risk of blood clots and heart attacks, explains Reuters.
 
Try this breathing technique the next time you feel like having an angry outburst!
 
One of the easiest ways to relieve stress and anger is to learn how to control your breathing, says FSP Health
 
Simply inhaling slowly through your nose while counting to five, then exhale through your mouth while counting to eight, says About Stress
 
Repeat until you feel calmer and the urge to have an angry outburst has passed.
 
You’ll be doing your physical – and mental – health the world of good if you master this technique!
 

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