Being sarcastic could be bad for your HEART

How being sarcastic could kill you: Scientists reveal heart attack survivors with 'hostile traits' are more likely to die from a repeat event University of Tennessee researchers tracked 2,300 heart attack survivors  Those with hostile traits were more likely to die of a second attack, study found Emotional state of being consistently negative may put a strain on their health And those who are hostile to others are less likely to look after their wellbeing

By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:01 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 00:01 BST, 15 September 2020

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Sarcastic and irritable people may be putting their heart in danger, research suggests.

A study of 2,300 heart attack survivors in the US found those who displayed hostile character traits - including sarcasm, cynicism, resentment, impatience or irritability - were at much greater risk of dying of a second attack within the next two years.

Researchers believe this may be because the emotional state of being consistently negative puts a strain on their health.

Those who are hostile to others are also less likely to look after their own wellbeing - and more likely to smoke, drink and have poor lifestyle and diet.

A study of 2,300 heart attack survivors in the US found those who displayed hostile character traits - including sarcasm, cynicism, resentment, impatience or irritability - were at much greater risk of dying of a second attack within the next two years

A study of 2,300 heart attack survivors in the US found those who displayed hostile character traits - including sarcasm, cynicism, resentment, impatience or irritability - were at much greater risk of dying of a second attack within the next two years

The researchers, from the University of Tennessee in the US, tracked 2,321 heart attack survivors.

Hostility was measured at the beginning of the study using a personality test and the patients were then followed for 24 months.

WHAT IS A HEART ATTACK?

Figures suggest there are 200,000 hospital visits because of heart attacks in the UK each year, while there are around 800,000 annually in the US.

A heart attack, known medically as a myocardial infarction, occurs when the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked. 

Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and feeling weak and anxious.

Heart attacks are commonly caused by coronary heart disease, which can be

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