The Known And Unknown Aspects Of Anger And Heart Disease
We know that anger is one of our worst enemies. It can appear in various disguises like irritability, annoyance, hatred, frustration, ire, wrath, indignation, rage, exasperation, etc. It is the cause of various sorts of emotional and physical problems.
It can even lead to diseases or problems that can cause death. Heart is one of those organs in human body which gets affected by anger the most. Anger can cause heart attack or stroke which can cause death. So, let us know more about the relation between anger and heart disease.
What Science Says about Anger and Heart Disease
Various sorts of scientific researches have been done on anger and heart disease. According to a research, a person wit an extreme temperament or anger is more prone to develop heart disease than another person who has the calmest attitude. The probability of the angry person developing heart problem is increased by 3 times in comparison to the composed person. As per another research, the chance of an angry person developing a heart problem by the age of 55 years was increased to 6 times. Though, research also says that there is no age for a person to fall prey to heart disease if the person has an angry head.
It is not necessary that your heart will get affected by anger only after a long span of time. Even one time anger can cause serious heart ailments. Though, relentless anger does increase the danger of a serious heart trouble. The severity of the anger holds significant importance when it comes to affecting the heart adversely. In fact, if you are already having a heart problem then you may have a serious threat as rapid and high temperament is directly related to increased mortality for already suffering heart patients.
According to a study, if a person is already a heart patient and has already suffered a heart attack, a single incident of uncontrolled anger can increase the risk of a second heart attack by around 200 percent.
Apart from heart attacks, there are many other serious heart ailments that a person can be troubled by for his anger. A study reveals that a person who has a high temperament and becomes angry frequently has strong chances of being troubled by narrowing of arteries and other heart diseases in future because of the presence of higher levels of CRP (C-reactive protein) that is responsible for such troubles.
How Anger Causes Heart Disease
It has been found that a person’s mood variations, emotions and other psychological and social factors affect and influence the heart in two primary ways. Sometimes the influence works like a slow poison and harms the person over a period of time. This slow damage is known as atheroselerosis wherein the artery walls are gradually damaged making you susceptible to heart attacks or strokes. While sometimes the affect is strong enough to cause a major and sudden damage to your heart leading you to suffer from an instant or immediate heart attack or stroke.
What You can do to Minimize the Risk of Heart Disease
It is important to control your anger and keep a rein on your temperament. Firstly, you must recognize the reasons that cause your anger along with the signs that become prevalent when your temper starts rising. As the first step, you must try to keep yourself away from all such reasons which unleash your rage. But you probably will not be able to avoid the anger causing reasons always. So, when you find that the signs of anger are growing in you like fast heart beat or breathing, a feeling of restlessness, etc then act immediately to stop yourself from losing your cool before it’s too late. Count numbers backwards to divert your attention before reacting.
Along with that, learn to release this anger in other forms instead of keeping it in yourself and accumulating till you explode. Learn meditation, exercise daily and follow a healthy lifestyle. Habits like smoking and eating comfort food may help you get rid of your anger temporarily but they too only add to the risk of heart diseases in the long run. Therefore, avoid such habits.