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  Dictionary

ateries = blood vessels
consequent =
later / related
triggers = causes
chores =
household jobs
monitored =
recorded
scored = rated
hostility = anger
scans = like x-rays
novel =
unusual / new
snapshot = moment in time





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Arguments Lead to Heart Attacks

A team of psychologists in the US has found that people who get angry when they discuss things with their partner are more likely to experience hardening of the arteries and consequent heart attacks.

The psychologists in Utah studied 150 healthy retired couples and asked them to pick a topic which caused disagreements. Some common triggers were money, chores and in-laws. Discussions on these topics were monitored and analysed and scored for hostility. The couples had scans to measure hardening of the arteries. High levels of hardening were found in cases where both husband and wife had been hostile in the discussions.

One of the authors of the study, Professor Tim Smith, said, “What’s novel about this study is taking a snapshot of how couples talk to each other and relating that to a silent, progressive and potentially deadly disease.”

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