Getting angry is as bad as setting fire to your arteries. Research abounds that has repeatedly documented that anger as well as stress, when occur on a regular basis can not only affect the quality of your life but also your longevity. Those with high blood pressure have an increased risk of suffering serious side effects of anger. Stress is primarily an absolute no-no for your arteries, it causes them to constrict and leads to an increase in blood pressure causing the heart rate to spike which can cause a stroke or a heart attack.
While in some cases anger might even be good for you when expressed in the moment and not held on to. However, stress or actual situational anger can actually promote clot formation in your arteries and thus increasing your stroke risk. Nobody likes an angry person, it seems the human body rejects the emotion altogether. Increased stress and a temper that is prone to flare-ups can often leave you with a blood that is prone to clotting and can cause many cardiovascular and circulatory problems, including diabetes.
Puts your heart at risk:
Anger causes the most amount of physical damage to your heart. Cardiac specialists and clinical psychiatrists alike agree that in the two hours following an angry outburst your chances of a heart attack increase twofold. Even worse for your heart is repressed anger, if you express this anger indirectly or go to great lengths to control this anger then it could lead to heart disease. Studies have found that those prone to anger as a personality trait were twice as risk to coronary disease than their less angry counterparts.
Increases your stroke risk:
Studies have shown that the two hours after a an angry outburst you are at a double risk of having a stroke from a blood clot to the brain or bleeding within the brain. Increased anger can notch up the consistency of your blood and increase the chances of throwing clots. In fact, people with aneurysms in the brain’s arteries increased their risk of the aneurysm bursting by up to six times after a spurt of anger.
Ruins your immune system:
A study by the Harvard University found that even normally hale and hearty people even on recalling an angry experience from their past caused an almost six-hour dip in their antibody immunoglobulin A levels. These antibodies are the body’s first line of defense against infection. Being angry on a regular basis or having a temper that is out of control could increase your chances of contracting a variety of diseases.
Increase your anxiety levels:
A study published in 2012 in the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, researchers found that anger exacerbated symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. This disease usually affects the individual’s life and can cause excessive and uncontrollable worry for the patient. Anger and anxiety goes hand in hand and can make your life very difficult.
Anger and depression are closely related:
Many studies have linked depression and anger, especially men. Getting angry is a normal reaction during depression, but it only goes on to exacerbate the situation further rather than bringing out a solution and providing the balance the brain requires. Engaging yourself in an activity that you enjoy could may just make a difference instead of just hanging out in your head all the time.