The Connection Between Anger And Heart Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that heart disease is the number one killer; and information is abundant to guide us toward a heart-healthy lifestyle. You can help prevent heart-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, which can lead to stroke or heart attacks. We often read about factors such as a healthy diet, going easy on the alcohol, drinking plenty of water, not smoking, and exercising to lose those extra pounds" Sound familiar?

In the recent past, experts have begun to include: Deal with stress appropriately. They tell us that too much stress can contribute to high blood pressure and other illnesses, including heart disease. Called the mind-body connection, it means that what we think and feel (our minds) affects our immune system (our bodies). However, this dynamic connection between our minds and bodies has led to a new field, called behavioral cardiology. Specialists in this field study "'psychosocial factors,' that can affect heart disease in two basic ways: Some contribute to atherosclerosis, the slow, corrosive process that damages artery walls and puts you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Others can add that final slap in the face that can push a person over the edge emotionally and trigger a heart attack or stroke.

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