health MATTERS: Anger can literally break your heart

Sometimes it can be difficult not to get angry.  But anger can hurt you more than who or what you direct your anger towards.  If your anger is left unchecked it can wreak serious havoc on your health and well-being.???????????????????????????????You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger – Buddha

Decades of research has shown that angrier people ted to have more heart problems than calmer ones.  Explosive anger – those moments in which you may lose control and throw something or scream – can have especially negative effects.  You’re more than twice as likely to have a heart attack during the two hours after a big blowup, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology. That’s because changes in a ticked-off person’s heart rate can lead to high blood pressure and clots.  Other research has connected sky-high rates of ire with an increased risk of stroke.  But suppressing your anger is bad for you too.  In fact, bottling it up can spike your blood pressure levels even more than letting go.

One study from a group of researchers at Harvard University found that study subjects who got angry regularly were 43% more likely to have gum disease than a calmer ones. Other studies have shown that those who have high levels of anger are at a greater risk of breathing problems and chronic pain.  Part of the head-to-toe health damage could be due to the widespread inflammation that results from the frequent flood of stress hormones (like epinephrine) which are also involved in the anger response.

Sometimes anger is just a momentary reaction to a passing situation. But other times, it’s a signal that there’s a threat to something you care about deeply.  So when anger strikes, don’t fight it – ponder it.  Use it to help you identify what’s being threatened.

Have you tried crying instead?

Source: The Good Life – Inner Life



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