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Johns Hopkins Health - Guys: The Truth About Anger Management

Summer 2012
Issue No. 17

Guys: The Truth About Anger Management

Date: July 18, 2012


Men who are prone to anger may be asking for a heart attack. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by Johns Hopkins.

“Anger is probably the emotion that’s been looked at the most,” says Ilan Wittstein, M.D., a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins. “People, especially men, with angry or hostile personalities are much more at risk for developing heart disease early in life.”

Negative emotions cause adverse physiological reactions, including high blood pressure and narrowing of the arteries around the heart, which can restrict blood flow and result in a heart attack.

Managing stress and anger is one solution, but Wittstein also recommends reducing controllable risk factors such as high cholesterol.