Conflicted feelings may be health risk
United Press International - July 21, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY, Jul 21, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A new study says people who involved in conflicted relationships seem to have the most trouble controlling their blood pressure.

A Brigham Young University researcher says people tend to avoid those they don't like, but it may be harder to stay away from those about whom you harbor mixed feelings.

Such conflicted relationships seem to have the most negative impact on blood pressure -- and possibly a person's overall health.

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, an assistant professor of psychology at BYU, along with researchers from the University of Utah, published their study Monday in the American Psychological Association's journal, Health Psychology.

The Deseret Morning News said the research indicates higher blood pressure readings are found among people who must deal with relationships involving both positive and negative feelings.

Blood pressure is an important factor in cardiovascular health.

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