Having a knockdown, drag-out fight with someone, and then trying to blow off steam by going for a run or punching a heavy bag. New research from McMaster University shows, intense anger coupled with heavy physical exertion can be what triggers a first heart attack. The new research looked at more than 12,000 people, and intense activity and intense emotions each double the odds of having a heart attack within an hour. But if you’re really ticked off AND you exert yourself, your risk triples.
And if you’re thinking – “Well, I’m not a smoker, I don’t have high blood pressure and I’m not overweight” – it doesn’t matter; the risk is the same regardless. So, if you go mental on someone, don’t try to burn off your excess energy by mountain biking. Take calming breaths and do some yoga instead. You’ll increase your chances of settling whatever argument you had, instead of meeting your maker.