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Studies show that anger outbursts can potentially lead to strokes.So someone did something to you that completely ruined your day. Maybe they reversed into your car and caused a bit of damage or maybe they ruined the report that was due at 9. At this point, the anger is just boiling within you, but you have two choices. Either you release all of your anger into a hurricane of fury that could theoretically increase your risk of a stroke, or you can take a few breaths, begin to calm yourself, and potentially live a healthier and safer life with those you care for.


A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly slowed or stopped due to a clogged artery, causing a disruption of brain function. Strokes can immediately lead to problems understanding and producing speech, the loss of mobility in one or several limbs, and loss of vision. Strokes can be known to lead to prolonged effects such as paralysis and may result in death.

Educated Findings

A new study published in the European Heart Journal has found that getting angry might cause more damage than you think. An anger episode raises your heart rate, increases your breathing speed and elevates the stress hormones in your body. This is a recipe for a stroke and you could be feeling its symptoms just two hours after being angry.

The study looked at people with a high stroke risk or who had previously experienced cardiovascular problems and found that if they were prone to anger, they could be susceptible to 650 extra heart attacks per year on top of their, already potential, 10,000. People who were relatively low-risk could experience 150 extra heart attacks if they often experience anger issues.

Prevention and Treatment

The study shows that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of stroke is to lead a healthier life. This means exercising, eating balanced meals and abstinence from smoking. Of course, reducing your anger would be beneficial to your health as well. For this, the American Heart Association suggests finding ways to relax and reduce stress, such as talking with friends or exercising regularly.

If you or someone you love suffers from a stroke or is showing symptoms that could potentially put their life in danger, our neurosurgeons of IGEA Brain & Spine can help. We offer treatment such as angioplasty and stent placement; a minimally invasive procedure that accesses the clogged artery via a small incision in the groin. The procedure’s minimally invasive nature reduces the scarring and recovery time associated with other open surgeries.

You Are Not Alone

Let us help you and your family. Our team of neurosurgeons is committed to assisting you on the way back to a healthy life. Contact IGEA Brain & Spine in New Jersey at (908) 688-8800 for more information on our neurosurgery and other neurovascular procedures.

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