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Can Negative Emotions And Feelings Literally Kill You? How Anger, Sadness, Loneliness, And Stress Affect Your Health

Date August 30, 2018 17:39

It’s impossible to avoid negative feelings and emotions altogether – that’s a fact of life. While feeling sad, lonely, or angry from time to time probably won’t hurt, these feelings can actually harm your physical health if you experience them all the time. Let’s take a closer look at how negative feelings and emotions impact our health.

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Broken heart syndrome is real

Broken heart syndrome, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is a very common phenomenon. It usually affects people who have just lost a loved one. Its symptoms, such as chest pain, are similar to those of a heart attack, but broken heart syndrome doesn’t usually cause permanent damage to the heart and usually, resolves itself. However, people whose hearts are already damaged can actually die if they develop a broken heart syndrome.

Depression can increase the risk of heart disease, and vice versa

Studies have shown that depressed people are at a higher risk of heart disease. Likewise, individuals with heart disease are more likely to become depressed. It’s important to treat both conditions to reduce the risk of dying early.

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Loneliness can make you more susceptible to heart disease and dementia

Loneliness seems to be a significant risk factor for heart disease and other health problems, including dementia. One study found that loneliness increases the risk of premature death by a whopping 14 percent.

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Stress and anxiety can cause a whole host of medical problems

We know quite well at this point that stress can have a significant negative impact on our health. Stress can put you at a higher risk of various chronic conditions, including heart disease and diabetes, and it can also make almost any existing condition worse. Stress is also known to contribute to high blood pressure and weakened immunity.

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Anger can damage your heart and increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest

A study by the American College of Cardiology found that angry outbursts can cause changes in the heart’s electrical activity, and lead to dangerous arrhythmias, putting you at risk of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest is estimated to be responsible for 400,000 deaths every year, and we can safely assume that some of these are preceded by angry outbursts.

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These are sound reasons to find healthy ways to de-stress, seek out positive experiences, and stay connected to your loved ones. Positive feeling and emotions can prolong your life!

Source: Cleveland Clinic, Medical Daily, Science Daily

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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