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Bad Relationships Could Damage Your Heart

Being in a bad relationship definitely breaks your heart, but new research is showing that it can literally harm this important organ. Bad marriages or relationship issues cause stress, and too much stress can raise your risk for heart disease.

In a 12-year study of 9,011 British civil servants (most of them married), those with bad relationships were 34% more likely to have heart attacks or heart trouble than those in good relationships.

A different 10-year study discovered that wives who kept quiet about marital problems had an increased risk of dying compared to those who voiced their opinions. Also, married men were less likely to die during that period than single men.

The bottom line of this research is that good relationships are not only good for the soul, but they keep us happy which adds to our good health. However, if the relationship is negative and causes either person a lot of stress, then it may be doing more harm than just making you sad. Working through problems with a therapist and communicating your needs and feelings openly with your partner may help to heal a bad relationship, all the while keeping your heart healthy.


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mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
I'm gonna die early too lmao.
Muirnea Muirnea 9 years
I think I'm gonna die too Eternity, lol.
Eternity Eternity 9 years
Yep...I'm gonna die. 0___0
allien86 allien86 9 years
I figure the only reason for doing this study was to have data/proof that bad relationships are bad for your heart, as it seems a 'duh, we knew that' topic.
sherbear5 sherbear5 9 years
thats a really yummy cookie. what is it?
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
Of course it is. But hey, this article is for the naive, I guess?
nikecold nikecold 9 years
LOL Greggie...
smp7328 smp7328 9 years
"i'll take my payment in cash, thanks." that's funny! :)
tati33 tati33 9 years
:ROTFL: Greggie.. seriously..I could have told you that ageeeeeeeeeeeesssss ago!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Du-uh I could have told you that!
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
I'm with Greggie. Did it really take a 12-year study to figure that out??
LolaDub LolaDub 9 years
whoa...i learn something today.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
This seems like one of those "duh" studies to me. My first thought is "They had to fund people to figure this one out??" Bad relationship = stress. Well duh, stress can damage your heart. I'll take my payment in cash, thanks.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
it does look yummie.. but its broken :( bad relationships suck everyone should be friends :)
nikecold nikecold 9 years
that cookie looks delish!
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