Strain in marriage may increase chance of heart disease for women

by Medindia Content Team on  May 1, 2005 at 1:42 PM General Health News
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Strain in marriage may increase chance of heart disease for women
Avoiding confrontations with husbands may mean bad news for married women. The strain of such a marriage may increase the risk of death from any cause, especially that of a heart condition.

Researchers from Boston University had collected data on the marital relationships of 1769 men and 1913 women to find out how far the stress in marriages can have an effect on the heart conditions of the spouses. The researchers had tracked the life of the participants for ten years to find out their results.

Researchers have found out that traditional measures of marital happiness, satisfaction and agreements, or their lack in married situations did not much affect the cardiovascular health of the spouses. When compared to modern measures of marital
happiness, like conflict resolution and other interpersonal communication issues, two factors seem to be responsible for the health of the spouses. The first factor is the men whose wives come home from work upset with the work situation have twice as much risk of a heart condition as a normal person. The second findings were that the women who kept their feelings to themselves, when in a conflict with their husbands, are four times vulnerable to heart attacks than those who voice their feelings.

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