High emotions like stress and anger should not be mixed with strenuous exercise
Even the heart has its limits. A new study claims mixing heavy emotions with heavy exercise is not a good combination for the heart. Working out strenuously when a person is upset and high on emotions like anger and stress can lead to a heart attack.
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Exercise during an emotionally upset period can increase the risk of a heart attack by three folds and the cardiac episode can occur within an hour of the workout.
The researchers found factors like heavy exercise and emotional stress increased the risk of heart attack even individually, according to LiveScience.
The risk is double even when one of the factors is in play but when both are combined then the risk increases by triple. The results of the study have been published in the journal Circulation.
Although regular physical activity is perceived as a way to blow off stress, in certain extreme circumstances it can have a negative effect.
Basically when a person is emotionally distraught they should not do extra exercise. The best option is to stick to their routine so there is not increased pressure on the heart.
Dr. Andrew Smyth, from the HRB Clinical Research Facility in Ireland, is the lead author of the study. Dr. Smyth along with his colleagues looked at data from more than 12,500 patients from 52 countries.
All of these patients had suffered from heart attack and were participants of the INTERHEART study. According to Smyth stress and exercise can both increase rates of blood pressure and heart beat.
A person already at risk of a heart attack, especially those individual who have narrowed blood vessel that are filled plaque, may suffer a heart attack when exercising under stress.