A long-term study of 192 couples in Michigan has found that in couples where both partners suppress their anger and brood about arguments the death rate is significantly higher than in couples where one or both partners express their anger and a resolution of the conflict is reached. The researchers studied the couples over 17 years and found that when both partners suppressed their anger earlier death was twice as likely. Of the 'suppressing' couples 23% both died during the study period, while in 27% of the couples one partner died in the study period compared to rates of 6% and 19% in the other couples. The study adjusted for age, smoking, weight, blood pressure, bronchial problems, breathing and cardiovascular risk.
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