The Deadly Effects Of Anger On Your Health

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Anger is a powerful emotion and if left uncontrolled can lead to destructive results for you and others around you.

Uncontrolled anger can lead to arguments, physical fights, physical abuse and assault and self-harm.

If isn’t dealt with in a healthy way, it can have a significant effect on your daily life, relationships, achievements and mental well-being.

Uncontrolled anger may cause increased anxiety, high blood pressure and headaches.

The thing with anger is that it not only affects your relationships – personal, social and professional, it also affects your physical as well as your emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Though anger is a powerful force and an inescapable part of life, it can have a pretty significant effect on your health.

There are a number of physiological changes that occur in our bodies when we get angry.

The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that go with recurrent unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body.

Some of the short and long-term health problems that have been linked to uncontrolled anger include:


Heart Attack: Studies have shown that anger can actually lead to heart attacks and an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. What researchers found was that two hours after an angry outburst, people had nearly a five-fold increase in heart attack risk, and a three-fold risk increase for stroke. “Although the risk of experiencing an acute cardiovascular event with any single outburst of anger is relatively low, the risk can accumulate for people with frequent episodes of anger,” Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky, researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health and a lead author of the study said.

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Headache: Many people experience some sort of headache when they become angry enough about something. Physiological changes that occur from anger may cause a headache.

Stroke: Intense emotion is a major risk factor for stroke, particularly in the first hours after the emotion occurs.

High blood pressure: Anger can definitely impact blood pressure levels.

Atherosclerosis: Frequent anger may speed up the process of atherosclerosis, in which fatty plaques build up in arteries. The heart pumps harder, blood vessels constrict, blood pressure surges, and there are higher levels of glucose in the blood and more fat globules in the blood vessels. All this, scientists believe, can cause damage to artery walls.


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