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Type D personality traits can hurt heart health

November 01, 2005

BOSTON —Chronic anger and hostility, or any severe stress, can impair cardiovascular health. None of us totally escapes feeling burdened, stressed, sour, or angry, but new evidence may now help us find the people at most risk, reports the November issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

People with a set of traits known as the Type D (“distressed”) personality suffer from a high degree of emotional distress, but they consciously suppress their feelings. Early studies show that once Type D’s develop coronary artery disease, they are at greater risk of dying, and they often have a poorer quality of life.

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