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Venting about work is good for men's hearts

November 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Men who internalize their anger over unfair treatment at work could be weakening their hearts.Researchers at Stockholm University's Stress Research Institute found that men who consistently failed to deal with work-related conflict were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack or die of cardiovascular disease.

Men who vented their anger fared better, heart-wise.

Researchers followed 2,755 men, none of whom had ever suffered a heart attack.

According to Reuters Health, researchers also found that when men had an immediate, "covert" response to conflict in the workplace, their risk of heart attack or heart-related death increase six-fold. The two "covert" responses were walking away or staying silent.

The study is published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.