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Coronary Heart Disease - Prone (Type A) Behaviour

June 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 170

Certain people are more likely than others to develop coronary heart disease as a result of their personalities and behaviour patterns. Dubbed 'Type A' by cardiologists Friedman and Rosenman, these people are more than twice as likely to suffer from angina and heart attacks than their 'Type B' opposites. Confirmation by authorities like the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute review panel (1978) and the famous U.S. Framingham study has established Type A behaviour as another major risk factor in coronary heart disease. Fortunately, Type A behaviour can be altered.

Type A personalities often display a combination of particular actions and emotions.

* An unrelenting drive to accomplish more and more in less and less time (hurry sickness). They walk fast, talk fast and eat fast. Compulsive, concerned with material gains, never satisfied with achievements, Type A people constantly compete - even when the outcome is meaningless.

* A 'free-floating hostility', or short temper, ¡s usually a feature. Sometimes it is suppressed. It is easily aroused in a struggle against time and people in trying to quickly achieve the goal. Often the goal ¡s poorly defined or is not (in reality) important.

Not all these features need be present for a person to be classified as a Type A. However, they identify the overall pattern of behaviour that some people use to confront situations in life, either pleasant or troubling. A common denominator in Type A people is that everything seems to present a challenge.

Type A Behaviour.

Intense striving, highly competitive, always hurried, aggressive, easily angered and work or task oriented.

Type B Behaviour.

Easy going, relaxed, un-hurried, mellow, easily placated and easily satisfied.

Note: Having a Type A behaviour pattern i not the same as suffering from too much stress, It ¡s not a state of anxiety or distress. The Type A person eagerly grapples with a challenge and never despairs of winning the struggle. He is rarely dejected, unnerved or overwhelmed. Type A pattern is merely a particular way of living and doing things. The Type B person may also be interested in achievement, but tends to flow with the stream of life rather than confront life head on.

Type A Behaviour.

·Sustained arousal of nervous system.

·Higher blood pressure levels.

·Higher blood-fat levels.

·More coronary atherosclerosis.

·Greater likelihood of blood clots.

Hints To Change Type A Behaviour.

If you are a Type A personality, you probably respond actively to society's encouragement of (and rewards to) the high achiever and materially successful. (Everyone wants the dynamic businessman or vigorous worker who gets the job done). Changes involve both a development of self-awareness and the re-structuring of life and attitudes, in the following ways, according to cardiologist Friedman:

* Realize that impatience and anger do not account for success. Rather is it planning and good judgement.

* Try to base future activities more on friendship, joy, affection, rather than getting the job done.

* Off-load all the non-essentials in business and social life.

* Lose the 'free-floating hostility'. Beware of your easily agitated nature. Avoid irritating situations and people.

* Live by the calendar - not the stopwatch.

* Take up games, hobbies and recreational activities, just for fun. Set aside a particular part of each day for them.

This article was written by Penny Smith, for more on this topic visit the following link Cardiovascular & Heart Disease

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