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Exercising to blow off steam may cause heart attacks

ONTARIO, Canada — Listen up folks! Exercising when you're angry could triple your risk of a "heart a-tack-tak tack," as Billy Joel would say.

New information published in the American Heart Association's Journal, Circulation, says say if you're angry, upset, or in the middle of a heavy physical workout, the risk of a heart attack doubles. Combine 'em- like using exercise to calm down or blow off steam, and you're three times more likely to have a myocardial infarction.

Researchers think this happens because the body reacts similarly to emotional and physical stress. The overload changes the amount of blood going to the heart and triggers the attack.

Doctors say don't stop exercising, but if you're upset or PO'ed, just stick with your regular workout- don't kick it up a notch. Or if nothing else, just try a primal scream.