The greater the rage, the greater the heart attack risk
The study, involving nearly four thousand heart attack patients, showed that, with each measured anger intensity increase, the risk of heart attack in the next two hours rose. These more severe reactions were tied a heart attack risk that was four times more likely within two hours of the outburst.
The causes of the rage among the subjects varied, with more common causes being tied to a family issue, a conflict at work, or a commuting frustration. Scientist believe that what causes these kinds of angry outbursts to increase heart attack risks is the epinephrine and norepinephrine “flight or flight” chemicals that surge powerfully during the event. The chemicals naturally elevate the pulse and blood pressure – conditions often tied to increased heart risk.
The conclusion? Expressing your anger appears to be just as bad for you as “bottling it up.” Both responses to anger corrode your coronary health.
Five tips for managing anger outbursts
1. Script a better response.
- “In spite of this, I know I love her.”
- “I’m bigger than this rage, and it won’t control me.”
- “He’s just a boy, he’s still learning.”
- “Our relationship is more important than what I’m feeling.”
- “Only show them the best of who I am.”
2. Distract yourself.
3. Get your head in the game.
4. Redirect your feelings.
5. Practice meditation or yoga
Why not try it? At worst, it may not work for you. At best, you may find that it cultivates more peace and happiness in your life.
For more tips on anger management, check out these 10 tips for handling your anger with your kids, this info-rich guide to understanding and managing anger or, if your anger is associated with adult ADHD, get Six Anger-Management Tips for ADHD Adults. Whatever you do, take action to get your rage under control, or your heart may get the brunt of it.