I had something of a hot temper when I was growing up, which has always caused my brother to predict that I would someday drop dead of a heart attack. Well, I am happy to tell him that he is wrong. However, he’d do well to keep his own hostilities in check.
According to the study (which found that men who are more cynical, impatient, and suspicious of people than men with more optimism are more likely to suffer from heart disease), heart disease does not necessarily mean anger. One reason men with such personalities may be at higher risk may be because they tend not to follow their doctors’ advice (or even consult physicians).
Fortunately for women, hostility doesn’t seem to have negative effects on our hearts. Not that I’m advocating hostility for either gender. But it is still nice to know.