‘It will give me a heart attack’ is a shot line we use when someone or something causes us stress. What we do not realize how much truth is there in the statement and the physical impact of our emotions.
what triggers a heart attack is sometimes surprising, because experts reveal a free public health forum from the University of Sydney on Wednesday night.
One such trigger, according to research, are our emotions, which can make or break our hearts.
You can die of a broken heart
“In studies of mourning, people all tell me they felt the pain in his heart, not in your head, “says Dr. Thomas Buckley, a cardiovascular researcher at the University of Sydney.
Although intuitively say heartbroken when we lose someone important to us or a relationship breaks, people can actually die of a “broken heart”.
“Pena, for some people, is the most stressful life event and the individual character of the pain response means that for some people may be more intense than others,” Buckley said.
Research has revealed that the next day of a heart break, our risk factor for a heart attack increases by 21 times . After a week, our risk is even six times than normal and the risk period can extend up to six months.
“With pain there are fluctuations of emotions,” Buckley said, adding that the studies carried out show that the overwhelming waves of emotion are hard on the heart.
“We saw [people] through bursts of emotions and then have bursts of physiological response to it -. So you can get this increased blood pressure and increased heart rate”
pain is not the only emotion that physically hits heart.
When his ‘blood boil’ anger
not only chronic conflict in relationships increase high probability of [19459005bloodpressure], feeling intense anger that makes you 8.5 times more likely to have a heart attack. In fact, about three percent of all heart attacks are related anger.
“We studied a cohort of individuals admitted to the Royal North Shore Hospital who had confirmed heart attacks,” Buckley says: “Then we did very, very detailed interviews to determine what exactly they were doing in the 48 hours before having their heart attacks. ”
Buckley and his team found that in the two hours before their heart attacks, a proportion of patients said they had experienced “intense anger”.
“What we know from the literature is that there is an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, hardening of the blood vessels,” says Buckley of the physiological response of cholera. “We also know that the intense emotion can change the clotting factors in the blood and that the combination of factors together make us very prone to blood clots or blockage of the coronary arteries that substantially more heart attacks.”
Do not stress if you feel a little irritable or angry from time to time, however, he advised Buckley.
“Anger is something we all experience, and I think we all intuitively know is not good for us when we have severe anger,” he says. “It is important to know that was severe anger [that increased risk], which was not being irritated … curiously most of the episodes we observed were related to arguments that develops partners or other persons or driving … it was almost anger . ”
anxiety in the mind and heart
Many people in the midst of a panic attack feel they are having a heart attack, which can not be far away.
Anxiety, like anger, triggers the stress response, increasing heart rate and the release of hormones that can contribute to the accumulation of fatty plaque in the arteries. Although acute anxiety is associated with a 9-fold increase in the risk of heart attack, it is a complicated relationship chicken or egg, said Buckley.
“Anxiety does not increase heart rate and heart rate sometimes can increase anxiety too,” Buckley said.
“Anxiety is often observed or people who have a heart attack, so if anxiety heart attack triggers – what our research suggests it does – it is not always so clear what episode of anxiety is related while the anger we were able to identify the specific episode anger trigger. “
the darkness of the relationship between anxiety and heart attacks requires further disintegration, Buckley says.
“We are considering doing more work to cause or anxiety is actually a triggered anxiety caused by an event of life,” he explains, “or is actually, as some have suggested, a symptom myocardial infarction pre-yes … we are very cautious about public message until we are very clear. ”
The most heart-healthy emotions
“Often, when talking about a broken heart talk about broken relationships, so I think that while intuitively associate those emotions with our heart, it makes sense that the opposite would be true – that positive emotions, joy, and so love would have a positive effect on the heart and from a heart perspective there is evidence to prove that is true of our overall risk profile ” Buckley says.
“There is some evidence about company decreased risk, however there is some evidence that loneliness increases the risk. It is especially people who have good social structures, good social support have a risk less than those who do not. ”
From the emotional principle to heart health
Sometimes intense anger or pain – or even anxiety – is inevitable. Instead of emphasizing the physical potential impact, we have to just take it easy until the emotion subsides so we are not putting too much strain on our hearts.
“When we are busy or under the pump to work or going through a difficult period I think that tend to push ourselves physically through it,” says Buckley. “Not only are we pushing ourselves muscularly from a skeletal perspective, but we are also pushing ourselves muscularly from the perspective of our heart and high emotional states during our hearts may be working very hard.”
For this reason, it is advisable not rule symptoms such as palpitations, chest pain or dizziness.
“You are more likely to suffer a heart attack at that time so that the determination of whether it is a normal physiological response to emotion or this is actually activating an acute cardiac event is very important, “says Buckley. “That’s why we tell people not to say” this is just the pain or simply rage or just anxiety. “We have seen many patients who do that and a proportion will act have a heart and perhaps event have lost the opportunity for early treatment. ”
made of heart attack
– Every year around 56,000 Australians suffer a heart attack
-. This amounts to about 153 heart attack one day, or a heart attack every 9 minutes
– Each year, nearly 9,300 Australians die of heart attacks
. -. One in four people who die of a heart attack die within the first hour of their first symptom