Cardiovascular Disease Information

It is well understood that poor diet, lack of exercise and excessive alcohol intake are major factors in cardiovascular disease (Camm, 2002, p759) but what is less well recognised is the Type A Behaviour pattern (TAB) which is characterised by ‘hurry sickness’ and easily aroused irritability or anger and was first linked to heart disease in 1959 (Friedman and Rosenham, 1959, p1286). Friedman believed that the nervous system is chronically hyperactive in people who suffer from the Type A Behaviour pattern because of their race against time and their conflict with other people. It is believed that there are approximately 35 different manifestations of TAB which arise from the personalities desire to 'fight' to the world at large.

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