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Heart Disease and Personality Types

Updated on May 27, 2008


There is a correlation between personality types and heart disease. Basically there are two major personality types, type A and type B. Type A personality juggles with events, believes in doing two or more things at the same time, ambitious, anxious and impatient.

He/She wants things in life to move fast. Besides being anxious, type A personalities can be angry, tense, pressurised and competitive. They speak rapidly and become restless quickly.

While type B personality is characterized by the following: they like games where everyone wins; they are fairly content in their life ; they take their time when eating and enjoy dining out; they love jokes and enjoy laughter; they are not overly upset when they miss a deadline.

Type A people are twice as likely to develop heart diseases as compared to type B personality. It would be convenient if we could divide people into type A and type B personalities, but that is not an easy task. There are many type A individuals with normal blood pressure, just there are seemingly relaxed people with high blood pressure. Most people are not pure A or pure B but rather a combination of both. Not all doctors agree on the importance of these two descriptive types, but there ia sufficient evidence that they may be useful.

There are certain people which seemingly are born with a tendency to be stressed, no matter what situations they may encounter. The individual response to pressure is determined by the relationship between the amount of stress that is present from an external force or activity and the internal stress response that exist within each person.

The effect of stress on blood pressure can be seen in the light of these three factors:Genetic predisposition, lifestyle habits and allowing the blood pressure to continue.

Individual stress involves a genetically programmed personality. Stress is also affected by a stimulus to raise your blood pressure (overweight, high salt-intake, no exercise or walking very seldom).And not taking anything to control or lower your high blood pressure.

Along with these personalities comes the modern era of competitive working, fastfoods and sedentary lifestyles. Added also the party time which many of us label as “contact time.” Therefore the body and mind are not relaxed, but working overtime. At all working hours the whole body system is active and maybe subconsciously too while sleeping. Do you realize the pressure one is putting on oneself?


By Dr. Robert Rowan


By Dr. Anjali Arora


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      CARIBQUEEN 7 years ago

      Very useful hub. I now have to determine which Type I belong to and work on it.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 9 years ago from Manila

      thanks Wehzo for appeciating this hub.

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Great hub Cristina327. This is especially helpful to me because I have loved one's that are at risk. I can see some of these personality traits in them. I have long suspected that there was a combination of things going on. You shed a little more light on this complex condition. Thank you.