Harvard Heart Letter

From irritated to enraged: Anger's toxic effect on the heart

Anger can trigger physiological changes in the body, including a faster heartbeat, higher blood pressure, and a higher likelihood of blood clot formation. For about two hours after an angry outburst, a person has a slightly higher risk of having chest pain (angina), a heart attack, a stroke, or a risky heart rhythm. Medications such as beta blockers, which slow the heart rate, and antidepressants, which may reduce the frequency of angry outbursts, may help. The same goes for anger management programs, which help people tone down their anger and use positive behaviors such as relaxation techniques. 
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