Saturday, September 17, 2005

Bad marriage hazardous to both spouses

Being in a bad marriage may be equally hazardous to the health of both spouses, according to a new study. Researchers found men and women in unhappy marriages suffered from increased stress levels throughout the day at home and at work as well as higher blood pressure at midday at the office, which could raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. "What is happening is that marital problems are spilling into the workplace," says researcher Rosalind Barnett, a senior scientist at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis Universityin Waltham, Mass., in a news release. "And if these tensions persist over time, there could be serious health problems."  By:  By Jennifer Warner, Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD.  CBSnews.com.  Sources: Barnett, R. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2005; vol 30: pp 36-43. News release, Brandeis University http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/16/health/webmd/main854082.shtml (last visited September 17, 2005, REO).

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