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Friday, March 21, 2014

Your temper may affect your health

According to a study by Harvard School of Public Health, people who have angry outbursts appear to be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, especially within the first two hours of an outburst. In reviewing data from nine studies involving thousands of people, the researchers found heart attack risk increased about five times in the two hours after an outburst; the risk of stroke more than tripled. A 2002 University of California, San Francisco meta-analysis of the relationship between depression and heart disease indicated that people with clinical depression had a 2.7% increased risk of getting heart disease.

The good news is that positive thinking may be good for your heart. That is the lecture topic of Dr. Kubzansky, associate professor of society, human development, and health at Harvard School of Public Health. Researchers speculate that positive emotions may evoke healthy behavioral responses in people, such as making them less likely to smoke or drink or more likely to exercise. So, don't worry (or be angry); be happy for better health!

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