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Hostile people more likely to suffer a stroke: Study

Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:23 AM
 
A posed close up photo of an angry man. Feeling cynical and hostile toward others may double the risk of having a stroke in middle-aged and older adults, according to a study out on Thursday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Feeling cynical and hostile toward others may double the risk of having a stroke in middle-aged and older adults, according to a study out on Thursday.

The research in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, also found that depression and high stress increased stroke risk.

For the study, more than 6,700 adults aged 45 to 84 answered questionnaires about their state of mind and behavior.

These surveys assessed chronic stress, depressive symptoms, anger and hostility over two years, and low scores indicated a lesser frequency of these feelings.

 
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