Ask the Doctors

Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless

Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.

Does Stress Affect Health?

Because of his heavy responsibilities and high position, my husband is under considerable stress at work. I also know his family history and have been after him to change his job, but he says that would be even more stressful. He is 55, and his father died at 58 of a heart attack. Can you help me help him? I value him more than his executive paycheck!

Your husband’s problem is complex. First, there’s the family history. Then there’s the work, plus the stress. Your husband might be correct, though, regarding your suggestion that he find a new job—that could be even more stressful than his current situation. And …

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