Exercising while angry more than triples risk of heart attack

One team discovered that over exercising may increase heart attack risk by almost double.
By Linda Mack | Oct 08, 2016
Many therapy journals have continually explained that a good way of releasing anger or tension is by exercising. They often recommend exercises like kickboxing or any extreme sport. No doubt many have attested that this actually works and they feel better after intense exerting if they are angry.

However, new info says that this may be actually very dangerous. The results came after two teams of scientists carried out parallel experiments. One team discovered that over exercising may increase heart attack risk by almost double.

The other team also noticed that anger by itself also increases chances of a heart attack by almost double. After the findings of both teams, they pulled together and discovered exercising when angry enhances the possibility of a heart attack to almost triple in less than an hour.

"This study is further evidence of the connection between mind and body. When you're angry, that's not the time to go out and chop a stack of wood," said Barry Jacobs, a psychologist at the Crozer-Keystone Health System. "We all need to find ways of modifying our emotional reactions and to avoid extreme anger."

But the experiments went much deeper. After carrying out tests on almost 13, 000 people they noted that nearly 58 percent of the participants experienced problems related to heart attacks after only 52 minutes. Of this, 75 percent were men.

The team suggested that this proved women had better ways of controlling their anger. Or it would also suggest that women are working out more often than men.


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