Stress and anger put you at a higher risk for heart disease.
True. And there’s a long list of reasons why that could be enough to convince you to take up yoga or download a meditation app. People who experience regular stress or anger may not exercise as much, might smoke and tend to eat more, Blankstein explains. In addition, increased anger and stress have both been found to cause elevated amounts of the hormone cortisol, which can increase the level of inflammation in our bodies. (And research has linked inflammation to heart disease.) Finally, stress is also associated with increased platelet activation, which can make you predisposed to blood clots, says Blankstein.