Stress and Heart Disease
Marital stress increases heart disease risk
Difficult marital relationships increase the risk of heart disease among women, but leave men physically unaffected
Having a stressful marriage increases the risk of heart disease among women a study has found.
Scientists at theUniversity of Utahfound that being in a strained relationship not only affected women emotionally but also increased levels ofhigh blood pressure, obesity,andcholesterol, which can lead toheart disease.
But while husbands were equally at risk fromdepressionandstressas a result of marital discord, they didn’t suffer from the same physical symptoms.
Tim Smith, co-author of the study, said that the research did not mean that women should avoid relationships with men but that they should be aware of the potentially damaging affects.
‘If you are interested in yourcardiovascular risk– and we all should be because it is the leading killer for both genders – we should be concerned about not just traditional risk factors [such asblood pressureandcholesterol] but the quality of ouremotionaland family lives,’ he said.
Nancy Henry a psychologist who worked on the study said: ‘We know from previous research that women are more sensitive and responsive to relationship problems than men.
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