ANCHOR LEAD: BAD RELATIONSHIPS ARE BAD FOR YOUR HEART, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People in so called toxic relationships suffer more heart disease, a recent study in Archives of Internal Medicine concluded. The effect was seen in close relationships such as marriage, and affected both men and women, in contrast to previous studies demonstrating that women respond more to such stress. Ed Kasper, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, says such an association is not surprising.
KASPER: Well, we know a couple things. The first is that stress of any sort is likely bad for your heart. And we also know that certain relationships can be more stressful than others. So that if you combine the two- relationships that are stressful and the negative impact of stress upon the heart it’s not too surprising that you should have a correlation between bad relationships and heart problems. :22
Kasper says people who are in stressful relationships now have one more reason to try to change things for the better. He also suggests adoption of daily stress-reducing activities such as exercise or meditation. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.