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Anger and the Heart

Anger is bad for the heart. A new study shows why. More than 600 heart patients in the Netherlands were followed for roughly six years. During the study about 10 percent died or had a heart attack. People who suppressed anger were much more likely to have such a fate. The researchers believe that anger restricts blood flow to the heart and leads to abnormal heart rhythms.
[American Journal of Cardiology, online April 12, 2010]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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