-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Dealing with family
worries and demands can increase a person's risk of developing the
painful symptoms of angina, researchers say.
Angina, which is chest pain or discomfort caused when the heart
does not get enough blood, is a symptom of coronary artery
In the new study, Danish researchers tracked the heart health of
4,500 men and women in their 40s and 50s over six years starting in
1999. The participants, none of whom had any heart problems at the
start of the study, also provided details about the quality of
their relationships with a spouse or intimate partner, children,
other relatives, friends and neighbors.
After the six years of follow-up, 9.5 percent of men and 9.1
percent of women had symptoms of angina. Those most likely to
report symptoms were in their 50s, less affluent and depressed.
When the researchers closely examined the participants' personal
relationships, they found evidence of an association between
troublesome relationships and angina risk. Worrisome/demanding
relationships with a partner or child had the greatest impact,
increasing the risk of angina symptoms by more than 3.5 times and
two times, respectively.
Excessive worries/demands from other relatives nearly doubled
the risk, while concerns/demands from friends and neighbors had
The study also found that:
The study is published in the Dec. 23 online edition of the
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The American Heart Association has more about
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