It’s never healthy to keep your stress bottled up inside,
but all the evidence suggests that a slow simmer is almost
always safer than a raging
boil. Anger, especially anger manifested in bouts of uncontrollable
rage or fury, can do serious damage - and not just to household
items or innocent bystanders.
The results of a study involving 12,986 men and women (45-64
years old at baseline) provide evidence that anger may predict
coronary heart disease (CHD). As part of the Atherosclerosis
Risk in Communities study, participants completed a trait
anger scale assessing relative anger/rage; clinical examinations
at baseline and follow-up assessed the incidence CHD and associated
High levels of anger contributed to an increased risk of
CHD and other coronary events, including acute myocardial
infarction (MI) and fatal CHD. Specifically, the investigators
noted a three times greater risk for people with the greatest
difficulty controlling their anger compared to those with
the least difficulty.
The moral to this story: We all get frustrated and angry
sometimes, but how we release or “control” our anger can make
a big difference. It might mean the difference in staying
healthy instead of suffering from heart disease. For more
information, talk to your doctor. You can also find information
on line at http://www.chiroweb.com/find/archives/general/wellness/index.html
Williams JE, Paton CC, Siegler IC, et al. Anger proneness
predicts coronary heart disease risk: prospective analysis
from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study.
Circulation 2000: Vol. 101, pp2034-39.