Hostility scores are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events in women undergoing coronary angiography: A report from the NHLBI-sponsored WISE study

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  • Objective: To evaluate hostility-related personality traits assessed by the Cook Medley Hostility Inventory and to relate these to the occurrence of adverse cardiac events in women with suspected myocardial ischemia. Methods: The cohort included 506 women with suspected coronary artery disease from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) study. We examined individual components of the Cook Medley Hostility Score (CMHS) measuring cynicism, hostile affect, and aggressive responding, and a total CMHS (sum of these three) and associations with adverse events (defined as hospitalization for angina, nonfatal myocardial infarction, stroke, congestive heart failure (CHF) other vascular events and death) during 3 to 6 years follow-up using Cox proportional hazard modeling. Results: Women with adverse events had higher total CMHS (10.6 ± 5.5) than women without any of these events (9.2 ± 5.1) p = .02. They also had poorer survival by Kaplan-Meier analysis (log-rank p < .05). Unadjusted Cox models showed that the individual scores of cynicism and aggressive responding and the total CMHS were associated with more adverse events (all p < .05). Women with total CMHS above the median had a 35% increase risk of an adverse event in comparison to women with lower scores. In a risk-adjusted Cox model, the hazard ratio for an adverse event was 1.5 (p = .03) for women with total CMHS above the median. Conclusion: In this cohort of women with suspected myocardial ischemia, higher Cook Medley scores reflecting cynicism, hostile affect, and aggressive responding were associated with poorer 3 to 6 year event-free survival and a higher risk of adverse events. After adjusting for risk factors and CAD, the association with risk for adverse events increased. Copyright © 2005 by the American Psychosomatic Society.
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  • Olson MB; Krantz DS; Kelsey SF; Pepine CJ; Sopko G; Handberg E; Rogers WJ; Gierach GL; McClure CK; Bairey Merz CN
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