Tim Brunson DCH

Welcome to The International Hypnosis Research Institute Web site. Our intention is to support and promote the further worldwide integration of comprehensive evidence-based research and clinical hypnotherapy with mainstream mental health, medicine, and coaching. We do so by disseminating, supporting, and conducting research, providing professional level education, advocating increased level of practitioner competency, and supporting the viability and success of clinical practitioners. Although currently over 80% of our membership is comprised of mental health practitioners, we fully recognize the role, support, involvement, and needs of those in the medical and coaching fields. This site is not intended as a source of medical or psychological advice. Tim Brunson, PhD

Marital Stress Worsens Prognosis in Women with Coronary Heart Disease

An article in last year's Journal of the American Medical Association reports that 292 women from Stockholm, Sweden were followed for nearly 5 years from the time they experienced either a heart attack or unstable angina pectoris, to see if work stress and/or relationship stress increased their risk of heart trouble (cardiac death, acute myocardial infarction or the need for other surgical repairs). Adjusting for intervening factors such as age, estrogen status, education, smoking, diagnosis, diabetes, triglicerides, and lipoproteins, the team of Orth-Gomer, Wamala, Horsten, Schenck-Gustafsson, Schneiderman and Mittleman found that marital stress increased the women's risk by nearly three times.

Work stress, on the other hand, did not significantly predict recurrent coronary events in women. Men, on the other hand, have been found by earlier studies to be adversely affected by work stress, suggesting that women's treatment programs need to be tailored more to the unique psychosocial needs of women.

The article: Marital Stress worsens prognosis in women with coronary heart disease: The Stockholm Female Coronary Risk Study, in JAMA 2000 Dec 20; 284 (23): pp. 3008-3014.

There are no trackbacks for this entry.

Trackback URL for this entry:

© 2000 - 2023The International Hypnosis Research Institute, All Rights Reserved.