The Reading / Listening - Level 1

A study says unhappily married people have a higher risk of a broken heart. A bad marriage is riskier and more stressful for older women. The study is from Michigan State University. Researchers said the stress of an unhappy marriage has a big impact on our heart. Older women have more heart problems because they are more caring. A wife will care more for her sick husband. A wife also stresses if she cannot look after her husband.



Researchers studied the health of 1,200 married people aged 57 to 85. They asked the couples questions about marriage. They asked if they spent free time with their partner. They also asked if they could trust their spouse, and whether their spouse asks them to do too many things. Doctors compared the quality of the marriages with the number of heart attacks and strokes people had. People in bad marriages were more depressed and had higher blood pressure.

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Sources
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/marital-problems-lead-heart-troubles-particularly-older-women-true-broken-heart-311398
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2841109/How-bad-relationship-quite-literally-break-heart-trapped-bad-marriage-increases-risk-heart-disease.html#ixzz3JaLfGJuI
  • http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/an-unhappy-marriage-can-literally-break-your-heart-30759272.html


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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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have a higher risk

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caring

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riskier and more

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on our heart

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the stress of an unhappy

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her sick husband

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a big impact

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stressful

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Older women have more

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after her husband

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because they are more

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marriage

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care more for

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heart problems

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she cannot look

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of a broken heart



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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the health of 1,200

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their spouse

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They asked the couples questions

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more depressed

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they spent free

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and strokes

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They also asked if they could trust

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pressure

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Doctors compared the quality

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about marriage

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heart attacks

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married people

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People in bad marriages were

g.

time with their partner

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higher blood

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of the marriages

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A study says unhappily married people (1) ___________________ a broken heart. A bad marriage (2) ___________________ stressful for older women. The study is from Michigan State University. Researchers (3) ___________________ an unhappy marriage has (4) ___________________ our heart. Older women have more heart problems because (5) ___________________. A wife will care more for her sick husband. A wife also stresses if she (6) ___________________ her husband.

Researchers (7) ___________________ 1,200 married people aged 57 to 85. They asked the couples questions about marriage. They asked if they (8) ___________________ their partner. They also asked if they could (9) ___________________, and whether their spouse asks them to do too many things. Doctors compared (10) ___________________ marriages with the number of heart attacks and (11) ___________________. People in bad marriages were more depressed and had (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Astudysaysunhappilymarriedpeoplehaveahigherriskofabrokenhear
t.Abadmarriageisriskierandmorestressfulforolderwomen.Thestudyi
sfromMichiganStateUniversity.Researcherssaidthestressofanunhap
pymarriagehasabigimpactonourheart.Olderwomenhavemoreheart
problemsbecausetheyaremorecaring.Awifewillcaremoreforhersickh
usband.Awifealsostressesifshecannotlookafterherhusband.Researc
hersstudiedthehealthof1,200marriedpeopleaged57to85.Theyasked
thecouplesquestionsaboutmarriage.Theyaskediftheyspentfreetime
withtheirpartner.Theyalsoaskediftheycouldtrusttheirspouse,andwh
ethertheirspouseasksthemtodotoomanythings.Doctorscomparedth
equalityofthemarriageswiththenumberofheartattacksandstrokespe
oplehad.Peopleinbadmarriagesweremoredepressedandhadhigherbl
oodpressure.

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WRITING

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