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
- "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."