Know If Anger Can Affect Heart

Anger is a commonly experienced emotion which can be defined as a feeling of disappointment, hurt, and frustration. Anger is known to have both advantages and disadvantages. Many studies say that anger can have some benefits as it helps to overcome fear and build confidence. But when the anger is prolonged and has a high level, it becomes a threat for a person. Research has shown that anger is correlated with various health problems, including heart disease.

Many of us fail to understand that the level of anger could to the development of various problems. Therefore, anger management needs to be done. Evidence suggests that there is a strong relationship between anger and heart disease.

Heart disease has become a topic of concern as each year millions of people across the world are dying from this disease. Heart disease or cardiovascular disease has become one of the leading cause of deaths throughout the world. There are several risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol level, high glucose level, excessive stress, and anger. Anger is a significant risk factor for the occurrence of heart disease and this is because anger has an impact on almost all the factors that cause heart disease.

Here is the list of some of the ways through which anger causes heart problems:

1. Anger causes an increase in blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the most common causes of heart disease. Blood pressure is basically a pressure of blood in the arteries as it flows around the body. High blood pressure occurs when the pressure of blood in the arteries becomes higher than normal.

High blood pressure is commonly known as a silent killer because it affects the overall functioning of the body in many ways. Usually, high blood pressure has no symptoms and it might get undiagnosed until blood pressure is being checked or it starts to affect the health of an individual significantly. Anger is considered to be a psychological risk factor for high blood pressure. It is believed that the emotion of anger is so strong that it could cause an increase in the blood pressure and when anger becomes persistent, it affects the heart.

High blood pressure can cause damage to the heart in a number of ways such as through the development of coronary heart disease. Coronary heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease is a disease which affects the supply of blood to the heart muscles. Coronary arteries are the primary arteries that supply oxygen rich blood to the heart muscles but when these arteries fail to supply adequate blood, it causes a heart to pump less blood and as a result heart attack or angina occurs.

High blood pressure causes the blood vessels or arteries to become narrow and when the arteries become too narrow, the heart is unable to function normally. When the supply of blood is partially blocked, it causes angina and when the supply is completely blocked, it causes a heart attack.

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2. Anger causes an increase in the production of cortisol

Cortisol is often known as a stress hormone and no doubt stress and anger are interconnected. Cortisol is an important hormone for the body but when the production of cortisol in the body increases, it can have an adverse impact on the overall well being of an individual. Anger affects the production of cortisol and as the level of anger increases, the level of cortisol in the body also increases.

There is a considerable interest that high cortisol level has a role to play in high blood pressure or hypertension. As stated above hypertension is a serious cause of heart disease.

Also, the high cortisol level in the blood is known to cause Atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is one of the most common heart disorder which is characterized by chronic inflammation in the arterial walls. Cortisol is said to be an end product of the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) and disturbances in hypothalamus pituitary adrenal is common in inflammatory disease.

3. Anger has an impact on the blood glucose level

Anger has an impact on almost every part of the body and as a result, it also affects the glucose level in the blood. Generally, anger could lead to an increase in the blood glucose level and significantly increases the risk of developing diabetes mellitus.

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder which occurs when the glucose level in the blood becomes too high than normal level, resulting from impaired insulin production, impaired insulin action, or both. Diabetes mellitus is a serious disorder which is associated with a wide range of symptoms and also with various complications, that includes cardiovascular disease.

The uncontrolled glucose level in the blood is a major risk factor for heart disease. Excessively high blood glucose level causes damage to different arteries in the body, including coronary arteries. When coronary arteries are damaged, the supply of nutrients and oxygen rich blood to the heart muscles are affected. As a result of which heart fails to function normally and leads to heart attack.

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Jim Carson

Jim Carson is the writer for the mental health section of He is certified in clinical mental health counselling and has conducted cognitive behaviour therapy for war veterans struggling with PTSD. Professionally and personally, Jim is an astute observer of human behaviour that reflects well in his work.