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Emotions Can Affect Physical Health

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Back pain? Chest pain? Feeling angry at your spouse may be the cause. Research has shown that emotions can have an effect on health, but might how we express those emotions be tied to specific physical symptoms? This study
Participants in the study included 156 middle-aged and older married couples. Over a 20-year period, they took part in periodic assessments of their emotional reactions to interactions with their spouse — reactions that did and did not involve conflict. During that time, 45 to 65 percent of the men and 60 to 76 percent of the women experienced cardiovascular symptoms, such as high blood pressure, chest pains or other heart problems. Also, 15 to 29 percent of the men and 30 to 36 percent of the women had musculoskeletal symptoms, such as back pain, stiffness in muscles or joints or severe leg or arm pain. People who consistently expressed anger during interactions with their spouse were more likely to have cardiovascular problems than were those who did not get angry…