Impatience Omen of Hypertension Alert

Impatience and hostility -- two hallmarks of "type A" behavior -- increase young adults' long-term risk of developing high blood pressure. Further, the more intense the behaviors, the greater the risk of high blood pressure.

Quote: "The notion that a 'type A' behavior pattern is 'bad' for your health has been around for many years. This study helps us understand which aspects of that behavior pattern may be unhealthy." (Dr. Barbara Alving, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)

Comment: Science proves common wisdom.

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Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.
Frederick Hecht, M.D.
Medical Editors, MedicineNet.com