The value of staying calm: getting angry could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke

The value of staying calm: getting angry could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke
The value of staying calm: getting angry could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke

Getting angry, even for a few minutes, may not be harmless to your health.

According to a study carried out by researchers at Columbia University, the functioning of blood vessels would be affected.

Getting carried away would increase the risk of heart attack, but also of stroke.

According to a study carried out by researchers at Columbia University in the United States, getting angry, even for just eight minutes, increases the risk of heart attack, but also of stroke. . This is due to a change in blood vessels.

For this study, 280 people were invited to remember, for eight minutes, an event that had made them upset. After this moment of negative memories, the researchers focused particularly on their endothelial cells, which line the inside of blood vessels.

The altered functioning of blood vessels

The results are clear: feeling anger, even for a short period of time, modifies the functioning of blood vessels. Which therefore increases the risk of heart attack or stroke. “Fortunately, none of the participants had any heart problems during this experiment, but they did experience an alteration in the functioning of the blood vessels,” notes Professor Daish Shimbo, main author of this study.

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“First, it made it harder for blood vessels to dilate. Anger also affected cellular markers of injury and their ability to repair themselves.”added the scientist.

For 40 minutes, after the experiment was completed, effects on blood vessels were observed. Which then suggests that there could be a cumulative effect when a person suffers from repeated outbursts of anger.


CD with AFP

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