Your neighbor may be causing you stress

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 8:51am

New research says there’s a potential health risk in an unlikely place, your neighbors’ house.

If a house near yours goes into foreclosure, it may bring so much anxiety and anxiety that your health is negatively impacted. That’s according to new research published in an American Heart Association journal called “Circulation”. The study looked at more than 1700 residents living in Massachusetts between 1987 and 2008. Researchers found the stress that came with just living by a nearby foreclosed home was so great that it increased the person’s chances of developing high blood pressure. They also found that the longer amount of time before that foreclosed home is on the market, the greater the anxiety for the neighbors.

The researchers said the increase in blood pressure wasn’t large enough to pose a big health risk but certainly interesting to see how someone else’s financial trouble in your neighborhood can have an effect on you.

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