Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bad Relationships Increase the Risk of Heart Disease

Here's another reason to work on your relationship. A new study from London concludes that the negative aspects of a relationship such as not confiding in or not feeling close to your partner can increase the risk of coronary heart disease by 34%.

Dr Roberto De Vogli (University College, London, UK) and colleagues studied 9011 British civil servants (6114 men and 2897 women) and assessed negative aspects of close relationships and other social-support measures with a questionnaire. Of these subjects, 80% cited marriage or a partnership as their closest relationship. Associations between negative aspects of relationships and coronary events were determined during an average of 12.2 years of follow-up.

After adjustment for a number of factors, including sociodemographic, biological (obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol levels), and health behaviors (smoking, alcohol intake, exercise, and fruit and vegetable consumption), they found that people who experienced negative aspects of a close relationship had a 34% higher risk of incident coronary events than those who did not.

Although women and people in a lower socioeconomic classes were more likely to be exposed to negative aspects of a close relationship, there was not a significant difference in their risk for developing heart disease. Negative interactions in close relationships produced similar effects on coronary events regardless of sex and social position.

More studies are needed to examine the neuroendocrine and inflammatory changes which may be triggered by emotional events and therefore increase the risk of heart disease.

References: De Vogli R, Chandola T, and Marmot MG. Negative aspects of close relationships and heart disease. Arch Intern Med 2007; 167:1951-1957.

Image courtesy of: Richard Edwards, Angry Couple.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I have had a recent personal experience which leads me to believe that the results of the London research are indeed possible. 8 months ago my dear wife passed away and the stress and pain has been so intense that last month I suffered a mild heart attack. My doctor attributed this to stress as I am not an apparent candidated for heart attacks.

In any event, I purchased a book online on how to prevent heart attack and whilst it is too early to draw conclusions on the methods laid out in this book, I seem to feel a bit better.

Brian Gonzalez said...

sorry to post something irrelevant -but my Gmail has been hacked into and the HQ phone number doesn't let me speak to anyone. I've reported "someone has broken into my account" 5 times. I've contacted the police and the FBI, all are saying I need to contact Google. I need help fast! I work in online video and my career is contingent on that account! I need help fast.

-Brian Gonzalez
bgonzalez@sva.edu
210-683-6027

Dr. Taraneh Razavi said...

Brian

I will email you regarding this issue.

Zac said...

You are mistakenly identifying the negative aspects. The risk was associated with e.g., conflict, not lack of confiding. The support aspects you mention were in fact not associated with increased risk in the study.

link to abstract

"Confiding/emotional and practical support were not associated with incident coronary events."

So it's not enough for the relationship to be simply weak in order to increase risk ... it has to be actively bad.

ScienceDaily article

Anonymous said...

I would think that the neuroendocrine effects of stress would spill over to the ubiquitous NKCC1 transporter and at least increase blood pressure.

Best,
Glen

ahmet can said...

Thanks Best Regards
mirc
mirç
mırc
mırç
mircturk
turkmirc
mirc indir
mirc yukle
mirch
mırch
mirc turk
turk mirc
mırcturk
turkmırc
mırc turk
turk mırc
turkiyemirc
türkiyemirc
turkiye mirc
türkiye mirc
mircturkiye
mirctürkiye
mirc turkiye
mircturk
turkmırc
muhabbet
forum
forum
turkforum
turkiyeforum
mirc
turkmirc
toplist
site ekle
pagerank
turkmirc
turkforum
sohbet
chat
sohbet odaları
bedava sohbet
bedava chat
türk
karar

Anonymous said...

satılık evler
http://www.xn--satlkevler-zubb.net
When other opportunities such as building massive one-way links from directories and topic-focused reciprocal links are cheap and still work in many sectors, it is hard for many clients to read between the lines.

new house said...

companies marketing mineral makeups and also get the best bargains in mineral makeup you can imagine,
find aout how to consolidate your students loans or just how to lower your actual rates.,
looking for breast enlargements? in Rochester,
homeopathy for eczema learn about it.,
Allergies, information about lipitor,
save big with great bargains in mineral makeup,

change edition interviewing motivational people preparing second
,

interviewing motivational people preparing second time
,

interviewing people motivational preparing for a second time
,

black mold exposure
,

black mold exposure symptoms
,

black mold symptoms of exposure
,

free job interview questions
,

free job interview answers
,

interview answers to get a job
,

lookfor hair styles for fine thin hair
,

search hair styles for fine thin hair
,

hair styles for fine thin hair
,

beach resort in the philippines
,

great beach resort in the philippines
,

luxury beach resort in the philippines
,
iron garden gates, here,
iron garden gates,
wrought iron garden gates
, here
,
wrought iron garden gates
,
You: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger
,
eat eating mindless more than think we we why
,


texturizer,
texturizers here,
black hair texturizer,
find aout how care curly hair,
find about how to care curly hair,
care curly hair,
lipitor rash,
lipitor reactions,
new house ventura california,
the house new houston tx,
new house washington dc,
new house pa philadelphia,
san antonio tx house new,
house new pa philadelphia,
new house washington dc,
new house ventura california,
the house new houston tx,
house new san antonio tx,
the house new houston tx, that you are looking for,
new house ventura california, you need to buy,
new house washington dc,
house new pa philadelphia,
new house san antonio tx,

hair surgery transplant
,

air filter allergy
,

refurbished dell laptop computers
,

hair surgery transplant
,

air filter allergy
,

refurbished dell laptop computers
,

hair surgery transplant
,

air filter allergy
,

refurbished dell laptop computers
,

chocolate esophagus heartburn study
,

chocolate esophagus heartburn study
be informed,

digestion healing healthy heartburn natural preventing way
,

digestion healing healthy heartburn natural preventing way
,
sew skirts, 16simple styles you can make!,
sew what skirts 16 simple styles you,
rebates and discounts on sunsetter awnings,
sunsetter awnings discounts and rebates,
discount on sunsetter awnings


truck and bus tires 12r 22.5, get the best price,
tires truck and bus 12r 22.5 best price,
tires truck bus tires12r 22.5 best price,
plush car seat strap covers,
car seat strap covers,plush,
car seat strap, plush covers,
oscoda voip phone systems, the best!,
oscoda voip the phone system,
oscoda voip phone systems,
exterior iron gates,
oriental wrought iron gates,
powder coated iron garden fencing,

beach resort said...

black mold exposure,
black mold symptoms of exposure,

wrought iron garden gates,
your nest iron garden gates, here,

hair styles for fine thin hair,
search hair styles for fine thin hair,

night vision binoculars,
buy, night vision binoculars,

lipitor reactions,
lipitor reactions,


luxury beach resort in the philippines,
beach resort in the philippines,

homeopathy for baby eczema.,
homeopathy for baby eczema.,

save big with great mineral makeup bargains,
companies marketing mineral makeups,

prodam iphone praha,
Apple prodam iphone praha,

tax georgia said...

black mold exposure,black mold symptoms of exposure,wrought iron garden gates,your next iron garden gates, here,hair styles for fine thin hair,search hair styles for fine thin hair,night vision binoculars,buy, night vision binoculars,lipitor reactions,lipitor reactions,luxury beach resort in the philippines,beach resort in the philippines,homeopathy for baby eczema.,homeopathy for baby eczema.,save big with great mineral makeup bargains,companies marketing mineral makeups,prodam iphone praha,Apple prodam iphone praha,iphone clone cect manual,manual for iphone clone cect,fero 52 binoculars night vision,fero 52 night vision,best night vision binoculars,buy, best night vision binoculars,computer programs to make photo albums,computer programs, make photo albums,free printable tax forms,printable tax forms, free here,craftmatic adjustable air bedcraftmatic adjustable air bed, info hereboyd night air bedboyd night air bed, low priceair bed in wisconsinbest air beds in wisconsincloud air inflatable bedbest cloud air inflatable bedsportable sealy air bedportables, sealy air bedsaluminum rv luggage racksaluminum made, rv luggage racksair bed form raisedbest air beds form raisedsupport equipments aircraftbest support equipments for aircraftsinformercials bed airbest, informercials bed airmattress sized air bedsbest mattress sized air bedantique doorknob identificationantique doorknob, identification tipstroubleshooting dvd playertroubleshooting with the dvd playerflat panel television lcd versus plasmaflat panel television, lcd versus plasma pic the bestcauses of economic recessionwhat are the causes of economic recessionbed air foam adjustablebed air adjustable foam hoof prints antique and unusual equestrian printshoof prints, antique equestrian printsbuy adjustable air bedbuy the best adjustable air bedsair bedscanadian storesair beds, cheap canadian stores