Are you someone who easily gets irritated over uncomplicated situations? Who uncontrollably shouts to someone upon undoing what you asked him to do? If a text message or phone call distresses you, do you throw things near you across the house? Do you excessively react in a negatively manner when a person tells you something against your belief? If so, you better be thinking hard about it because some studies acclaim that short-tempered behavior may be associated with heart disease.
Dr. Laura Kubzansky, an associate professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at Harvard School of Public Health is currently studying about how emotions like anxiety, anger, or depression are differently linked to the development of Coronary Heart Disease. She believes that, positive emotions can make an individual healthier at a forum discussion last August 2, 2011 titled “Positive Feelings Are Good for Your Heart: Emotion and (Mal) Adaptive Processes over the Life Course”. Researchers wonder if there is somehow certy that positive behaviors will make people avoid smoking, drink, push themselves to do regular exercise, improve their sleeping habits, and produce higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL), factors which are provided to help induce heart disease .
Anger is not only the main cause, according to Kubzansky, many researchers disagree that it really plays a role in the development of heart disease. Her study suggests that people who are angry a lot also perseade to more likely chronic negative emotions such as anxiety and depression.
She also stated that many studies suggested significant relation making the case quite strong. Moreover, a study from Canada was conducted and researchers examined nine of the top risk for heart disease, rarely smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise. They have found that anguish concern working place or relationships was related with heart attack. And also, at the University of Pittsburgh, a study suggested that people who are pessimistic have a higher risk in acquiring atherosclerosis.
Scientists cogitate that anger has a direct biological effects in the heart. These are the following:
1. Anger contributions to activate the hypothalamic-pituitary -adrenal axis, which is responsible for our body's reaction to stress and many body processes such moods and emotions, digestion, the immune system, sexuality, energy storage and expenditure, and many kinds of mental disorders.
2. It triggers the sympathetic nervous system, fight or flight response. This is the primary stage of an animal or people to general adaptation syndrome that regulates stress among them. With which, when stimulated, helps us in time of emergency however is damaging when it persist time and again. High cortisol and high adrenaline levels happens.
3. Increased stress hormones affects the neurohumoral regulation of metabolic processes hence may lead to fatty plaque build up or atherosclerosis.
4. Whenever an individual gets mad, the heart pumps harder, blood vessels tighten, blood pressure heightens, and there are higher glucose and fat globules in the blood that cause damage to artery walls.