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Beware! Your partner's nagging could invite heartache

26 December, 2013

ISLAMABAD: This could be a valid reason for your partner to stop nagging -- it significantly increases your risk of suffering angina.

Angina is a pain or discomfort in the chest and is usually caused by coronary heart disease. Some might experience focused pain only in arm, neck, stomach or jaw.

While many describe the feeling as severe tightness, others say it more resembles a dull ache, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reports.

Noted the study authors from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark: "Excessive demands and serious worries from significant others seem to be important risk factors for development of angina."

The study involved more than 4,500 Danish men and women who were free from heart disease when the study began in 2000, according to the Daily Mail.

They were in two groups, one aged 40 at the start and the other 50, and were followed for six years.

The results revealed that demands from a partner increased the risk of angina almost fourfold. Dealing with issues from children and other family members more than doubled the risk.

Interestingly, if neighbours prove to be argumentative, regular rows over the garden fence pushed up the angina risk by 60 percent.

Overall, nine percent of the group developed angina and the results were similar for men and women. Risks were higher for the older age group and the more pressure a person was under, the more likely they were to suffer angina.

In June, another study revealed that wives spend 7,920 minutes a year nagging their husbands about chores, drinking and health issues. The survey, carried out by health campaign group Everyman, found nearly half of men 'give in' after an hour.

But while most men said they would never admit it, 83 percent of those surveyed said they often thought their partner was in the right.


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