If you are often angry, your health may be paying consequences you aren’t aware of. Studies have shown that people who are angry more frequently and more intensely are at higher risk for all heart disease events, including heart attack, silent heart attack, and a need for bypass surgery. They are also more likely to die suddenly from a heart-related event.
Men and people with a “type A” personality are especially at risk. Men are more likely than women to act out their anger when stressed. This may be due to cultural factors and perhaps feeling frustrated that they can’t fix certain situations. In particular, young men who frequently become angry under stress have an increased risk of developing heart disease before the age of 55 (known as “premature heart disease”) and having a heart attack.
Both men and women may exhibit the traits characteristic of a “type A” personality, which is typically described as a go-getting, stressed, short-fused perfectionist. While “type A” personality trait has also been associated with an increased heart disease risk, the latest evidence suggests it is most likely anger or hostility that is responsible for the increased risk of heart disease in this group of people. This is encouraging because while it is difficult to change some personality traits, it is possible to address anger and manage stress so it doesn’t overwhelm you.
If you find you are often angry, seeking out strategies for managing this emotion can bring you a happier day-to-day life and a lower risk of heart disease. Your doctor, therapist, or other qualified medical professional can help you identify techniques for managing your anger that work for you.
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