Can Hot-Headedness Hurt Your Heart? (VIDEO)

08/17/2010 02:14 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • ABC News

We all know that high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and smoking can damage our heart--but being hot-headed?

A new study following 5,000 people over a 3-year period concluded that "people with antagonistic personalities are more likely to develop thickness in their carotid arteries," ABC reports. Arterial thickening obstructs blood flow through the body, leading to greater risks of heart attack and stroke.

Luckily, there are simple methods one can employ to manage anger, according to ABC's Yunji de Nies. "Simple breathing techniques, meditation and even asking yourself, 'is this worth the stress?' can make a difference."