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Medical News & Perspectives
April 22/29, 1998

Study Says Stay Calm and Halve Risk of Stroke

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JAMA. 1998;279(16):1246-1248. doi:10.1001/jama.279.16.1246-JMN0422-4-1

MEN WHO EXPERIENCE outbursts of anger have twice the risk of stroke as men who control their tempers, according to a report described at the American Heart Association's (AHA) 70th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla, in November as the first study to explore the relationship between anger and stroke.

Although blowing off steam can be hazardous to men's health, "the message of this study is not to suppress anger, but to manage anger so that it does not get to explosive levels," said Susan A. Everson, PhD, of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, lead investigator of the epidemiologic study.