My husband tells me I'm going to have a heart attack because I don't have an unspoken thought or emotion, and let my anger out too often (mostly at bad drivers.)  Turns out I may be doing something right!

New German research finds that keeping in negative emotions such as fear, anger and anxiety can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke.

An analysis of 22-studies covering more than six-thousand patients revealed that repressors, or people who bottle up their emotions, have a higher heart rate and pulse ratio than non-repressors.

Scientists say this may happen because chronically repressing negative thoughts makes the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the part of the brain that controls your reactions to stress, become hyperactive.

Source:  Men's Health