Exercising to “blow off steam” when you’re furious is how a lot of people end up having their first heart attack, researchers warn. Physical activity and emotional upset are both known to trigger heart attacks, and the combination of the two can be deadly, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Researchers analyzed information on more than 12,000 patients, with an average age of 58, in 52 countries and discovered that the combination of extreme emotions and extreme activity caused the risk of experiencing a heart attack within the hour to triple. The study subjects were asked what “triggers” they had experienced in an hour before their first heart attack.
So, the next time you’re feeling angered or stressed, take a moment to calm down before engaging in physical activity.