Anger and Strenuous Physical Activity Can Trigger a Stroke

Stroke is still a disease that worries many people. Although this health problem is more experienced by the elderly, the fact is that young people can also have a stroke. Reporting from the Mayo Clinic, a stroke is a disruption or reduced blood supply to a part of the brain that prevents brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. As a result, brain cells begin to die within minutes.

Stroke is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment. Early treatment can reduce brain damage and other complications. There are various causes that make a person suffer a stroke, ranging from smoking habits, diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, to heart disease. However, according to a recent study published recently in the European Society of Cardiology's "European Heart Journal," anger and too much physical activity can also be a cause of stroke. The findings came after a team of researchers observed more than 13,000 stroke patients in 32 countries as part of the INTERSTROKE study.


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Although stroke prevention is a priority and can be done in various ways, in fact when someone has a stroke is still difficult to predict. The study's lead researcher and professor at the National University of Ireland Galway, Andrew Smyth said his team's research aimed to look at the causes that could trigger a stroke. This goal, he said, is in contrast to many other studies that focus on medium to long-term causes, such as hypertension, obesity, or smoking.

He added, this study analyzed the pattern in patients suffering from ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage. Meanwhile, ischemic stroke is blockage of blood flow to the brain by a blood clot and intracerebral hemorrhage is bleeding in brain tissue that can spread to the ventricular space of the brain and cause brain swelling.

In its findings, the study found that 1 in 11 survivors was angry or upset an hour before their stroke. Meanwhile, 1 in 20 other patients had time to do strenuous physical activity. The study, led by the National University of Ireland Galway, found that anger or emotional disturbances contributed as much as 30% to an increased risk of stroke during the hour after the episode.

The study also noted that physical activity could increase the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) by about 60% during the same period after strenuous activity, but not with all strokes or ischemic stroke. Then, there was also a greater increase in stroke risk in women and less risk for those with a normal body mass index (BMI). "Acute anger or emotional distress was associated with the onset of all strokes, ischemic stroke, and ICH, whereas acute strenuous physical activity was associated with ICH alone," the study wrote.

The doctor who is also a stroke consultant at the University Hospital Galway, Dr. Michelle Canavan says that people of all ages should take care of their mental and physical health. However, it should be noted that it is also important for some people to avoid strenuous physical activity. Enough with moderate exercise on a regular basis. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says one person has a stroke every 40 seconds and one person dies of a stroke every 4 minutes.

Nearly 800,000 people in the US have a stroke each year and about 87% of all strokes experienced by Americans are ischemic strokes. There are several ways to prevent stroke, such as by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, treating high blood pressure, and not smoking. However, professor at the National University of Ireland Galway, Martin O'Donnell said their research also showed anger or irritation and strenuous physical activity could increase the risk of short-term stroke. "We emphasize that brief episodes of strenuous physical activity are different from engaging in regular physical activity, which reduces the long-term risk of stroke," explains O'Donnell.


"Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry." – Henry Ward Beecher

"Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury." – Francis Quarles

"Do not say, "I cannot help having a bad temper." Friend, you must help it. Pray to God to help you overcome it at once, for either you must kill it, or it will kill you. You cannot carry a bad temper into heaven." – Charles Spurgeon

 "A quick anger will make a fool of you soon enough."

"Anger doesn't solve anything It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything."

"A man of great anger will bear the penalty"




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