Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Walk on the Mild Side Stressed? Angry? Breathe, Take a Mellow Stroll

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Walk on the Mild Side Stressed? Angry? Breathe, Take a Mellow Stroll

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A recent study by researchers at McMaster University in Canada indicated that heavy exertion while angry or stressed triples the chance of a heart attack. While the results would seem to discourage the idea of exercise as a stress-reliever, a deeper examination of the study validates what doctors have said for years: Moderate exercise is the best exercise.

The Ontario research included 12,461 people from 52 countries. The participants had suffered one heart attack and averaged 58 years of age. They were asked if they were angry or stressed in the hour before their heart attack and also if they participated in a strenuous activity during that time period.

Being angry or stressed doubled the chances of a heart attack, researchers found. Adding a strenuous activity - such as chopping wood or running five miles at a quick pace - made the risk three times greater than for a person who was not stressed or active at the time of their heart attack. …

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