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Rein In the Rage: Anger and Heart Disease

Experts explore the connection between anger and heart disease, and give tips for getting your anger under control.

Anger and Heart Disease: How to Get Anger Under Control continued...

He suggests that people keep in mind these "coping statements" to help them get a grip and avoid blasting someone:

  • "I can't accomplish anything by blaming other people, even if they are responsible for the problem. I'll try another angle."
  • "Will this matter five years from now? (Five hours? Five minutes?)"
  • "If I'm still angry about this tomorrow, I'll deal with it then. But for now, I'm just going to cool off."
  • "Acting angry is not the same as showing that I care."
  • "Let me ask, rather than tell."
  • "I'll listen rather than talk."
  • "The fastest way is not necessarily the best way except in a life-or-death situation, and this is not one of them."

Last, regular exercise provides an outlet for stress and anger, and it cuts heart disease risk in other ways, too, says Rita Redberg, MD, MSc, a professor and director of Women's Cardiovascular Services at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. "Physical activity is an excellent way to reduce your heart disease risk because it reduces stress, anger, hostility. It also reduces your blood pressure and raises your good cholesterol and lowers your weight."

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Reviewed on February 13, 2007

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