It may be that the broken heart is not just a metaphor. There have been some studies done that say that a bad relationship can lead to real heart trouble.
A bad marriage cannot only break your heart but according to a story aired on CNN it can also cause physical heart trouble. The Archives of National Medicine in the U.K. Published a study done at the University of Medicine in London about the effect of toxic relationships on the heart and found that you were more likely to have heart attacks or other types of problems if you can’t get along with the opposite sex.
The study was done on a whopping 9,011 British civil servants, most of them married. Their love lives were examined over a period of twelve years. Those with the worst close relationships were 34 percent more likely to have heart attacks or other heart trouble during the 12 years of follow-up than those with good relationships. That study included partners, close relatives and friends.
This news of course greatly depresses me because I here as a young woman having bad date after bad date. After each bad date my tension level goes up which is bad for your heart. I also get disappointed and depressed and sometimes gorge on foods that are bad for me which is also not good for the heart. Sometimes I get a really bad case of “what’s the point?” which has me lying in bed all day. This contributes to a lack of exercise and then fatness and then … an early heart attack.
When I fight with a member of the opposite sex I don’t like the way I feel. I can feel my heart beating. I often feel nauseous and sometimes I feel so mad I feel like I could faint. As men don’t like female anger I rarely express it. However bottling up your anger might be one of the worst things a woman can do for her heart.
Another study that was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine reported that women who kept silent during domestic fights were more likely to die early then those that didn’t. The study was done on 4000 people in a ten-year period. If this isn’t the justification for hitting the wife beater back I don’t know what is. What a great motivation for getting out of a bad relationship as well. It is actually bad for your health! Unfortunately lots of women I know like the things that are bad for their health including crash dieting, cigarettes and relationships with boors who abuse them both physically and mentally. Telling a woman that her relationship with this guy who is a beater or who is not that into her is bad for her heart is a bit of overkill for this type of women. This is because she will always think of herself last and put the guy first.
Staying single is looking better and better.