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'Heart Attack Alert' Anger And Physical Exertion Increases The Risk Of Heart Attack

Update Date: Oct 14, 2016 09:19 AM EDT
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Heart attack can be accelerated by combined anger and intense physical exertion. (Photo : Dan Kitwood / Staff / Getty Images)

A heart attack is highly triggered by anger and physical exertion at a heavy rate. This is what has been revealed by the most recent study conducted and published in the American Heart Association's journal collection.

The Medical Express reported that the study lead by Dr Andrew Smyth, from the McMaster University in Canada population health research institute, was conducted over 12,461 58-year old patients from 52 countries. They were asked to answer questionnaires about the activities they had an hour before their heart attack. The results showed the high percentage of patients engaging in extreme physical exertion before the attack while those who had been angry or emotionally upset before they felt the pain showed higher figures.

The results even showed that the heart attack risk tripled on patients who both got angry and did heavy rate physical exertion before the incident, as per Web MD.

Both anger and extreme physical exertion separately were both known to have negative effects on the flow of blood through blood vessels. They both tend to cause less supply of blood to the heart resulting in a heart attack. People with plaque-narrowed blood vessels are more susceptible to such cases.

However, the above-mentioned research showed how the often disregarded yet high-risk habit may increase the chances of heart attack. Emotionally upset people tend to resort to increasing the intensity of their physical activity as an outlet for their anger. These two factors when putting together double the patient's susceptibility.

Dr Barry Jacobs, the director of behavioural sciences at the Crozer-Keystone family medicine residency programme in Springfield, Pennsylvania stated that although the study did not completely solve the problem, this large study has proven the crucial link between body and mind. He advised heart attack prone people to keep a healthy mind and avoid extreme emotional situations, according to The Guardian.

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