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March 18, 2010

Do brain aneurysms strike Type A people more?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — ifindkarma @ 10:47 pm

Anecdotally (read: 20 minutes of googling), it does seem like there is some correlation between strokes and Type A personalities. Source: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=type+A+personality+stroke

Everyone has stress in their life but it is how we manage stress that keeps us healthy. The American Heart Association estimates that about 700,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each year.” Source is the decidedly unscientific: http://askville.amazon.com/Type-personality-taking-break/AnswerDetails.do?requestId=6571384&responseId=6572243

Why am I thinking about strokes again today? Jerry York died recently after being stricken with a burst brain aneurysm. He was very Type A.
He would rip people apart who didn’t deliver,” an IBM coworker told the Journal in 2006. Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703523204575129692078521812.html

An IBM senior manager described him as “the pit bull who came to sell everything and not approve anything,” according to a Harvard Business School case study about IBM’s turnaround. Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/03/18/financial/f092136D21.DTL

Reflecting. Last year, our friend Craig Johnson died. He was very Type A in a different way.

Craig saw these little companies as his babies that he needed to care for,” says Ms. Chavez, who later helped Mr. Johnson found Virtual Law Partners LLP, an online legal firm. Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125486675503468885.html

These in turn remind me of Jill Bolte Taylor‘s TED Talk. Which reminds me that there’s still so little we know about strokes:


Strokes also affect plenty of people who are not Type A.

So last year, when Joe Einhorn (http://www.thingd.com/) asked where to donate some money, I asked Joyce what the best options were to contribute to humanity’s collective understanding of strokes and brain aneurysms.

Basically there are two donation options, big or small.  Big is the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association (http://www.strokeassociation.org).  Small is the National Stroke Association (http://www.stroke.org).  Similar efficiency ratings on CharityNavigator, similar missions, and both take online donations

How can humanity’s brain understand ailments of the human brain? With time.

Will Type A personalities suffer from such hard-driving behavior? Probably. Plato once said, Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

Would knowing there’s a correlation between Type A personalities and strokes, make a Type A person slow down? Everyone chooses how to live, every day of life.

Side note from bakadesuyo:

Type A personality is also strongly correlated with heart disease. Do you know how this link was first identified? It’s one of my favorite scientific stories:




  1. A related set of thoughts – there are numerous studies that now link drinking 1-2 drinks per day with better heart health. The correlation is clear, but as scientists say – correlation is not causation. Which makes me wonder if the real reason why is that people that drink 1-2 drinks use that time to relax and enjoy themselves — effectively dealing with stress better then their non-drinking counterparts. Is it drinking that extends your life, or the stress relieving mood that drinking creates?Going even farther down this road, there are certain people that choose to deal with life events more optimistically/positively than others. I’ve found this to be both genetic and cultural. For example, Californian’s tend to be more positive than New Englanders. I’d love to see a study that investigates the correlation between positive outlook and life expectancy.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 20, 2010 @ 12:26 am

  2. Good points, Nick. I believe Bakadesuyo.com is looking into that.Type A people put themselves in more stressful situations. We are stress-seeking, in part, because our happiness is tied in part to being in situations that are stressful.It has taken me a long time to realize that happiness comes from within, not from anything external:http://ifindkarma.posterous.com/lessons-are-repeated-until-they-are-learnedI think you’re right that many people turn to a bottle to reduce stress. But I think that meditation is probably better for us than any of the forms of medication (cocktail therapy included!).

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