"Marital Strain" Increases Women's Risk of Death, Heart Disease

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ORLANDO, Feb. 17 - Married women who avoid conflict with their spouses have an increased risk of dying from any cause, researchers report today at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke.

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Researchers also found that men whose wives' come home upset with work outside the home have an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Researchers examined information on participants of the Framingham Offspring Study, a large, ongoing community study that tracks the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease and other social and demographic characteristics such as marital strain in the Framingham, Mass., community.

Previous studies have shown a link between levels of marital strain and the health of people with heart disease.

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