London: Being anxious or insecure about
your relationship can literally break your heart,says a study.
Researchers in Canada have found that people who feel
insecure or anxious about their lovers are 50 per cent more
likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who are
happy with their partner.
For the study, the researchers looked at a study
of more than 5,645 adults aged 18 to 60 and found that people
who felt insecure in relationships or avoided getting close to
others might be at higher risk of developing chronic diseases.
The participants answered a questionnaire about
their histories of arthritis, chronic back or neck problems,
frequent or severe headaches, other forms of chronic pain,
seasonal allergies, stroke and heart attack.
They also disclosed whether a doctor had told them
they had heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, chronic
lung disease, diabetes or high blood sugar, ulcers, epilepsy,
seizures or cancer.
The results showed that "anxious attachment" was
positively associated with a wider range of health conditions,
including some several involving the cardiovascular system
including stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure.
"These findings suggest that insecure attachment
may be a risk factor for a wide range of health problems,
particularly cardiovascular diseases.
"The findings also raise the possibility that
interventions aimed at improving attachment security could
also have positive health outcomes," Dr Lachlan McWilliams of
Acadia University, who led the study, said.