Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Broken heart

Is a “broken heart” more than an old saying?

Researchers in the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that marital stress can triple the risk of having a recurrent coronary event for women who have coronary heart disease.

Researchers followed 292 women for about 5 years after they had been hospitalized for acute myocardial infraction or unstable angina pectoris. They found that those with high marital stress were 2,9 times more likely to have further coronary heart problems. Marital problems were an even bigger factor than work stress.

The study suggests that emotional strain and lack of social support may add to women’s poor health by discouraging them from following a healthy life style or medical regimens and also by inducing damaging effects on neuroendocrine and physiological regulatory mechanisms.

So, here is the question: Is any mariage, any relationship worth a broken heart?