Studies are finding that spouses who keep quiet about their annoyance or anger toward their husbands or wives increase their risk of heart disease and other physical problems. That applies to women's cardiac health, in particular. The research indicates that venting, as opposed to what's called "self-silencing," may be beneficial.
On The Early Show Wednesday, Dr. Noah Rosen of North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, N.Y. told co-anchor Hannah Storm, "There's no doubt that arguments and debates are something that every couple experiences. And what's important is that people can speak their minds in a safe and good environment, and (that) their argument style be ... positive or warm, instead of negative.
"We're learning more and more about the mind/body connection, and there's a number of people that have underlying medical disorders that arguments can be a trigger for. And my field, migraine, is often triggered by marital stressors but also gastrointestinal problems and other pain syndromes, and now we're learning about cardiovascular health and heart health."
Why worse implications for women?
"Women's health issues are something we're learning more and more about because there hadn't been as much work looking at the differences between men and women in the past. But now we see that debate styles and individual health issues are very different between men and women."
Rosen offered some tips on arguing in a constructive way: