Monday, September 24, 2007

Flaring temper may hurt the heart

Myriad adages warn against losing one's temper and it turns out they may have been on to something. A new study found that middle-aged men who are prone to bouts of anger face an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease. Moreover, stress may play havoc with the heart in both men and women; the study found that middle-aged people of both gender who reported long-term stress had a heightened risk of developing heart disease.

The findings, which appears in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, suggest that treatment for anger and stress could have the additional benefit of reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

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