Broken Heart Syndrome is a reality, and something that we’ve talked quite a bit about here in terms of L-arginine supplements and heart health. It’s no surprise that negative emotions, stress and anxiety greatly affect how your heart maintains circulation in the body, maintains sinus rhythm, and much more. Many times, after receiving the unfortunate diagnosis of heart disease, patients ask “how did this happen? I have no family history.” And many times the answer lies within the lifestyle that you lead.

Traditional Heart Disease Risk Factors

Everyone knows the traditional heart disease risk factors; lack of exercise, high cholesterol, poor diet, smoking, drinking, obesity, family history, and diabetes. And we all know how the majority of those risk factors can be completely controlled by the individual, thus many cases of heart disease are completely preventable.

What Comes First

As with the preventable, traditional risk factors mentioned above, emotional stress is also a preventable risk factor for heart disease. However, the question becomes does our stress lead us to exercise less and eat poorly, thus increasing our risk for heart disease? Or is it the stress, anxiety and depression alone that leads to heart disease?

 In an interesting article that we stumbled across this morning while keeping an eye on L-arginine supplement research and news, we learned a bit more about how two emotions, anger and anxiety, truly affect your heart health.

Anger and Heart Disease

According to ‘observational studies,’ chronic anger issues, or repeated bouts of anger flare-ups, are highly ‘associated with thickening of the arteries and development of plaque.’ In an observational study of over 100,000 women, researchers found that those who held negative thoughts and were more inclined to a ‘cynical disposition’ had more heart attacks and developed more heart health issues.


Anxiety, like anger, leads to a tightening in the chest and shortness of breath. This shortness of breath or disrupted breathing can greatly affect how the heart and lungs work together to circulate blood through the body. In a recent observational study that spanned the course of 40 years, over 50,000 men between the ages of 18 to 20 were found to be at greater risk for heart disease as they age if they held high levels of anxiety.

L-Arginine and Stress

Stress is something that can be controlled and maintained, but it is completely up to each individual to take the first steps. One symptoms of stress is poor circulation, which can be remedied with L-arginine supplements. According to the MayoClinic, L-arginien helps treat medical conditions that improve with increase vasodilation, or increase blood circulation. These medical conditions include chest pain, clogged arteries, and heart disease, all of the symptoms of high stress, depression and anxiety.