Stress from Housework Can Trigger Heart Attacks
Thinking about the messy condition of the house, piles of dirty laundry, a car which needs to be repaired or a list of bills that needs to be paid are more stressful than office work. Experts even mentions domestic stress is harmful to heart health.
Researchers found workers who are also dominant in domestic tasks, such as washing, cooking or shopping, have higher blood pressure than those whose domestic work are handled by their partner.
The cause is not just because of the many things that must be addressed or how to solve them, but rather on their perception of looking at the task. The greater the number of roles, the higher levels of stress.
Cause of the highest concern, according to 100 men and women who are seen in this study, is the task of cleaning the house, cooking and shopping. In the next sequence is the maintenance and repair of cars, bill payments and preparing a household budget.
Althoughit gives the same attention, but the respondents assess that parenting and caring for pets is not included in the cause of raised blood pressure.
Although there are hundreds of studies that examines the link between stress in the office with the risk of heart disease and stroke, but only few researchers who are interested in studying stress in the management of household affairs.
In a study involving 113 men and women who works full time, it was revealed that those who hold major responsibilities at home, especially women, have a higher risk of hypertension.
Housework increases systolic rate to 4.4 mmHg, maintaining vehicle increase to 2.6 mmHg, and paying bills affects 1.66 Hg rise in blood pressure.
Although previous studies mentioned that house cleaning activities could be positive for fitness of the body, but researchers from the University of Pisstburgh School of Medicine is assessing the work of cleaning house regularly will add to the stress experienced at work.
Gradually this can increase blood pressure which adversely affects the heart. “Perceptions about the responsibility cause more stress than the time spent doing these tasks,” the researchers concluded.