Stress and anger worsen heart attack prognosis
Heart attack patients who experience emotionally stressful anger and stress in everyday life overall have a less favorable prognosis for recovery, as determined by an Italian long-term study by the Institute for Clinical Physiology in Pisa. The study showed that cardiac patients should never rely solely on medication, but that an emotionally positive lifestyle is essential.
Patients who have already had a myocardial infarction and are often annoyed and stressed after the heart attack have a poorer prognosis than those who lead a balanced and happy life. This was the result of a 10-year study by the Institute for Clinical Physiology in Pisa, which was recently presented at the European Cardiology Congress in Paris. The researchers identified anger, aggression, hostility, fear and social isolation as particularly damaging emotions. While negative feelings are damaging to the heart, positive feelings can increase the chances of recovery, as the scientists emphasized. According to the study results, this includes compassion, imagination, security and spiritual interests. All of these emotions can protect the heart from damaging influences, as the study report says.
Anger and anger worsen the chances of recovery. A total of 228 subjects from 13 cardiac specialist clinics took part in the study. All participants suffered a heart attack between 1990 and 1995. The main aim of the study was to put the emotional behavior of the patients in a context for the prognosis. The participants were observed over a period of ten years using a personality test. A total of 51 cardiac incidents such as another heart attack were registered during the study period. Using statistical analysis, the research team examined the influence of psychological factors, taking into account external factors such as age, gender and clinical data. The analysis procedure then made it possible to make a specific prediction for further forecasting. The evaluation of the determined data showed that fear, anger and anger at a high level had a massive impact on the recovery prognosis. Cardiac patients who experienced excessive anger and rage in their daily lives showed a 2.3 times higher risk of heart attacks than those who were more balanced. Those who were still suffering from stress despite a heart attack saw a 1.9 times higher risk of cardiac incidents. Patients who felt little trouble did not experience another myocardial infarction in 78.5 percent of cases during the ten-year study period. Subjects with a lot of anger and anger in the stomach showed only a positive rate of 57.4 percent.
“These relationships are important for patients after an acute heart attack with their special vulnerability and increased risk. The good news is that these patients have a chance to change their behavior, ”says study leader Dr. Franco Bonaguidi. "This is a good time for psychological interventions and behavioral therapy when patients need it," warned the heart specialist.
Reduce stress and anger The study data again show how important it is to be in harmony with body and mind. According to the authors, patients should therefore be given “multidimensional therapeutic access”. In addition to the administration of medication, psychological support in the form of psychotherapy is also of great importance. This does not treat the feeling as such, but the deeper pain that is hidden behind such emotional impulses.
In naturopathy, heart attack patients can learn to relieve stress and experience periods of rest in regular therapy. A healthy level of exercise also helps to reduce stress and recharge your batteries. To avoid stress and anger, naturopaths recommend autogenic training, self-hypnosis and muscle relaxation. (sb)
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