Individuals with Metabolic Syndrome and high hostility levels have a four-fold risk of having a heart attack compared to those without these cardiovascular risk factors, according to researchers.

While evidence suggests that the Metabolic Syndrome and hostility are independent risk factors for the development of heart disease, the combined effect of these two factors on the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) has rarely been studied.

Dr. John F. Todaro, of Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island prospectively examined the effect of having both Metabolic Syndrome and hostility on the frequency of heart attacks in 754 men (average age 59 years) who participated in the Normative Aging Study. At baseline, the subjects were free of heart disease and diabetes. 27% met the criteria for having Metabolic Syndrome. The subjects were categorized as having high or low hostility levels.

The subjects were followed for an average of 13.8 years. Subjects with high hostility levels and the Metabolic Syndrome had a more than 4 times greater risk of having a heart attack.

"Psychological factors need to be assessed by primary care doctors and cardiologists, since hostility and other negative emotions (e.g. depression) seem to play a role in the development of heart disease in otherwise healthy individuals," Dr. Todaro said in an interview. "Individuals who notice that they experience feelings of anger and hostility often, should mention these feelings to their doctor and seek help… We need to better understand how hostility influences the development of CHD," he said. "Is it through physiologic mechanisms, behavioral mechanisms, or both?"

As Metabolic Syndrome, heart disease, and hostility associated with depression can both be caused by a low testosterone level in men, this factor should be looked for and treated in any man with these medical problems, as it is easily treated with bioidentical natural testosterone. To find a physician trained in this area (they will usually be holistic) visit the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers.

The results of the study are published in the July 2005 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.

For more information, see the following:

Walking Away From Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Attacks

Coenzyme Q10 Beneficial in Metabolic Syndrome

Low Vitamin D Associated with Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

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Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., internist and author of From Fatigued to Fantastic!, researches treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia.

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