Study Finds Even Momentary Anger Increases Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

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New Delhi, May 3: A recent study highlighted in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that even a fleeting moment of anger could have detrimental effects on blood vessel function. The research underscores the importance of emotional well-being in maintaining cardiovascular health. When individuals experience anger triggered by memories, their blood vessels exhibit an impaired ability to relax, a crucial factor for healthy blood flow.

The study’s findings are particularly concerning given previous research linking impaired blood vessel function to a higher risk of atherosclerosis, a condition associated with heart disease and stroke. This underscores the significance of understanding how emotions impact physiological processes and, consequently, overall heart health.

To investigate this further, researchers examined the effects of various negative emotions, including anger, sadness, and anxiety, compared to a neutral emotional state, on blood vessel function in 280 adults. Participants were randomly assigned tasks aimed at eliciting these emotions, such as recalling past instances of anger or anxiety or performing a neutral activity.

Understanding the connection between emotions and cardiovascular health is crucial for developing strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of stressors on the body. This study serves as a reminder of the intricate relationship between mental and physical health and emphasizes the importance of managing emotions for overall well-being.