Relationship Difficulties Linked to Heart Problems, Anxiety

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According to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.conflict and family demands can increase an individual’s risk for anxiety disorders and coronary artery disease.

  • Researchers tracked the health of 4,500 individuals over six years.
  • The study subjects provideed information on their cardiovascular well-being and the quality of their relationships with partners, friends, relatives or neighbors
  • They also revealed the level of demand that was placed on them.

After the study period, about 10 percent of the study subjects reported having constrictive chest pain symptoms. These individuals tended to be more depressed and anxious, and they also struggled more with their personal relationships.

Those who had the highest risks had the most demanding relationships, and were 3.5 times more likely to develop coronary artery disease. Frequent arguments with an intimate partner boosted this risk by 44 percent.

The authors concluded their report by emphasizing the importance of supportive relationships on the physical, mental and emotional health of an individual.