Anger, Depression Boost Heart Risks: Studies

It's 'what we have all known,' says expert
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 10, 2009 12:05 PM CDT
Depression could be bad for your heart, studies suggest.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Anger, hostility, and depression can up the risk of heart disease, new studies suggest. Women with major depression could be more than twice as likely to suffer sudden cardiac death; and “chronically angry or hostile” people with no history may be 19% more likely to get heart disease, WebMD reports. Angry and hostile heart-disease sufferers also face a higher risk of a poor prognosis.

The studies, of course, don’t prove such links. But “there is clearly a link between depression, anger, anxiety, stress, and outcomes in heart disease,” says an expert. “What these papers tell us is what we have all known and anybody would accept—that being hostile and angry a lot of the time is bad for your health, being depressed is bad for your health.”