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Breath of Anger
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Experts have known for years that anger takes a toll on the heart. A recent study found that being angry and hostile can also affect how well you breathe.

Those of the 670 men, ages 45 to 86, who began with higher levels of hostility (measured using a hostility-assessment scale) at the beginning of the VA Normative Aging Study, scored poorly on lung-function tests given over the next eight years. The study found higher levels of hostility were associated with lower levels of lung function at the beginning of the study and more rapid decline afterward.

Anger stems from stress, so finding ways to manage stress is important. Regular exercise, deep-breathing exercises, meditation, and prayer are all proven stress busters.

Men's Health Advisor

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, May/June 2007. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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