Expatriate medical insurance policyholders who are leading a stressful lifestyle could be at risk of developing angina, according to new research.
A six-year study of middle-aged Danish subjects revealed that taking on family demands and worries could increase the risk of angina, which can in turn lead to coronary artery disease.
The researchers wanted to know if the effect a good relationship has on heart health could be reversed when circumstances are more trying.
They found those who are less wealthy, depressed or people in their 50s are more likely to report symptoms of angina, while almost one in ten of both men and women said they felt constrictive chest pains.
Stressful relationships with a partner increased the risk of angina three-fold, while it doubled if relations with a child were poor.
Excessive worries about other family members almost doubled the risk, but troubles with friends and neighbours resulted in a negligible risk, the research revealed.