Temper your Temper–better for your health

Losing one’s temper increases incidence of cardiovascular events, bad ones.
We’re talking screaming fits.

From the European Heart Journal


Short-term psychological stress is associated with an immediate physiological response and may be associated with a transiently higher risk of cardiovascular events. The aim of this study was to determine whether brief episodes of anger trigger the onset of acute myocardial infarction (MI), acute coronary syndromes (ACS), ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke, and ventricular arrhythmia.
Methods and Results

We performed a systematic review of studies evaluating whether outbursts of anger are associated with the short-term risk of heart attacks, strokes, and disturbances in cardiac rhythm that occur in everyday life. We performed a literature search of the CINAHL, Embase, PubMed, and PsycINFO databases from January 1966 to June 2013 and reviewed the reference lists of retrieved articles and included meeting abstracts and unpublished results from experts in the field. Incidence rate ratios and 95% confidence intervals were calculated with inverse-variance-weighted random-effect models. The systematic review included nine independent case-crossover studies of anger outbursts and MI/ACS (four studies), ischaemic stroke (two studies), ruptured intracranial aneurysm (one study), and ventricular arrhythmia (two studies). There was evidence of substantial heterogeneity between the studies (I2 = 92.5% for MI/ACS and 89.8% for ischaemic stroke). Despite the heterogeneity, all studies found that, compared with other times, there was a higher rate of cardiovascular events in the 2h following outbursts of anger.

There is a higher risk of cardiovascular events shortly after outbursts of anger.
European Heart Journal
Outbursts of Anger as a Trigger of Acute Cardiovascular Events: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Eur Heart J 2014 Mar 03;[EPub Ahead of Print], E Mostofsky, EA Penner, MA Mittleman

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3 responses to “Temper your Temper–better for your health

  1. No S**(& Sherlock, getting angry, affects about every system in the human body it prepares you for battle. It exist in evolution because some times it beneficial to be angry, like when someone is trying to kill you or your group, often the angry one does not survive but he will take far more with him in the process. When a group is face with danger there are three response fear, fear means run like hell. Angry means attack. then there are the calm whom stand there in indecision, and try to assess the situation. The only reason the calm ones survive the is because the angry ones buy them enough time so they can assess the situation and make the decision to run like hell or attack, but not all the time the calm are successful in their strategy since if the group does not have enough angry ones in it, to either defeat the threat or sufficiently slow the threat down the calm ones end up being killed, with a little luck the calm sacrifice can impede the aggressor enough so the run like hell group does survive. Yes getting angry is had on you, but not may be far harder in the group you live with. That may not be true today but it was in yesteryear.

  2. Coach Springer

    Lecturing me on my temper makes me blow a gasket. It’s healthier for you not to do that.

  3. Hey, I have a temper you would consider hot. My father gave it to me.
    I don’t necessarily agree with the research and exhibit one is that type A personalities don’t have any higher risk for cardiovascular events.

    Sure there are people who can’t get mad without decompensating.

    A healthy person with a good approach can blow off steam, the reason I call it a reporting phenomenon is the people who blow up and then get sick from it select themselves. What about the others who just move on.

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