Venting May Protect a Man's Heart

Letting it out once in awhile reduces risk of stroke and heart attack

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THURSDAY, Feb. 6, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- Hey guys, the next time you smash your thumb with a hammer, go ahead and vent your anger: It may actually be good for your health.

An American study says that occasionally expressing anger may offer protection against stroke and heart disease. The research appears in the January/February issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The study of 23,522 men, aged 50 to 85, found those with moderate levels of anger expression had about half the risk of nonfatal heart attacks and a major reduction in stroke risk compared to those who bottle up their anger.

For stroke, the study found the risk of stroke decreased in proportion to increased levels of anger expression.

Previous research suggests chronic anger increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, there aren't many studies that investigate how different styles of anger expression affect cardiovascular disease.

More information

Here's where you can learn more about anger.

SOURCE: Health Behavior News Service, news release, Jan. 31, 2003

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