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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cleaning the home ‘is bad for heart’???

While browsing news, I come across this interesting article:

Fears about paying bills, getting the car serviced and even cooking can result in heart problems, a study has found.

Cleaning, shopping and looking after the household budget can also raise blood pressure, it says.

Worrying about how you will cope, rather than the actual workload, is thought to be the cause of the problems.

However, looking after children or pets is not thought to have adverse effects on blood pressure.

A total of 113 men and women in full-time work took part in the study and gave details of levels of responsibility for running their homes.

Systolic readings – a form of measuring blood pressure – rose by up to 4.4mmHg. The recommended ideal limit is 140mmHg.

‘The perceived responsibility for household tasks, rather than the time spent doing those tasks, is what’s most distressing,’ said the US researchers, whose study is in Psychosomatic Medicine journal.

High blood pressure affects about one in five Britons and the National Health Service estimates that there are 270,000 heart attacks a year in this country.

Oh, I need a temporary cover!

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