Men who get “hot under the collar” when they are young may be more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) when they are older.
What does research say?
One study found young men who reacted to stress with anger were three times more likely to have CHD before age 55 than their peers who said they didn’t let stress get to them. A similar study looked at 256 men who have had heart attacks and showed those prone to anger were three times more likely to have a heart attack than those who kept their cool.
What does anger do to your body?
Anger has serious physiological effects on the body. Besides increasing blood pressure, heart rate and adrenaline levels, all of which make your heart work harder, anger has also been shown to narrow blood vessels.
What should you do?
The American Heart Association suggests tips to help reduce stress:
- Count to 10 before answering or responding when you feel angry.
- Look for the good instead of the bad.
- Learn to accept the things you can’t control.
Remember you’re not alone. Join a support group or seek out a mental health professional if you can’t
cope on your own. Your health care provider can also give some valuable tips on controlling your anger and ways to stay calm.