A new U.S. poll shows that carrying financial debt correlates to physical pain and ailments. The poll was co-conducted by the Associated Press (AP) and AOL Health.

According to an AP article, “among the people reporting high debt stress in the new poll:

• More than half, 51 percent, had muscle tension, including pain in the lower back. That compared with 31 percent of those with low levels of debt stress.

• Twenty-seven percent had ulcers or digestive tract problems, compared with 8 percent of those with low levels of debt stress.

• Forty-four percent had migraines or other headaches, compared with 15 percent.

• Twenty-nine percent suffered severe anxiety, compared with 4 percent.

• Twenty-three percent had severe depression, compared with 4 percent.

• Six percent reported heart attacks, double the rate for those with low debt stress.”

An article published by AOL Health noted, “The average level of debt-related stress experienced by American adults has grown significantly in the four years since a similar survey was conducted … The net worth of U.S. households fell 3 percent in the first quarter of 2008, according to a report just released by the Federal Reserve. Americans owe an average of $127,000 per household, according to Moody’s Economy.com, with about 19.3 percent of after-tax income going towards paying financial obligations.”

To view an anatomical drawing that shows where in the body people feel the effects of a heavy debt load, click here.