A new study might supply another reason to keep your cool under stress. Researchers say angry outbursts may raise your odds for a heart attack or stroke in the hours after the incident.
The investigators were quick to point out that the absolute risk to any one person of a having heart trouble after an outburst remains very low. However, the review of multiple studies found that the risk did rise considerably compared to periods of calm.
“It is not surprising that such an association is seen since we know that anger is associated with increased reaction of the body’s nervous system to stress,” said one expert, Dr. Sripal Bangalore, associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.