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Aggression May Be Bad for Your Heart

A study published in the August 2010 issue of the journal Hypertension found that being aggressive and confrontational may actually significantly increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Aging, included 5,614 residents of four villages on the Italian Mediterranean island Sardinia. The participants were between 14- 94 years of age and 58% of them were women.

All of the participants were given standard personality tests to determine their relative level of aggression.

The researchers found that people who scored higher for aggressive behaviors and “low agreeableness” were much more likely to experience thickening of the neck arteries. In fact, people that scored in the top 10% for aggression had a staggering 40% increase in the risk of arterial thickening.

Thickening of the arteries is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

This study shows that (even though it may not be easy) trying to be less confrontatinal and more agreeable may be very important for your physical health.

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