Develop Heart Disease

By Oscar

Young clients prone to hostility, aggression and anger are more likely to develop heart artery calcification, the beginning stages of heart disease, at an early age, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Heart Association.

In the study, researchers measured the hostility levels of 374 male and female participants between the ages of 18 and 35 using the Cook-Medley hostility test, then measured heart artery calcification (hardening of the arteries) with electron beam tomography. After taking into account risk factors such as smoking, diet and exercise, researchers found that participants who scored above the median on the hostility test were 2.5 times more likely to have heart artery calcification than those who scored below the median.

Researchers believe that heart artery calcification is linked to stress hormones. These hormones, caused by feelings of hostility, raise blood pressure and increase the likelihood of platelets (blood-clotting cells) to stick together, leading to hardening of the arteries. In addition to stress hormones, other factors often associated with hostility, such as smoking and drinking, may increase the risk for heart disease. A reduction in hostility may help to lower the risk for developing heart artery calcification, but researchers caution that further studies are needed.

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