Being Married Is Linked To A Lower Risk Of Fatal Heart Diseases

By on July 9, 2018

People who are married may be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a heart attack or stroke than individuals who aren’t, a research review suggests.

A massive research involving data from more than 2 million people collated from previous studies came to this conclusion.

Compared to married people, adults who were divorced, widowed or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases and 16 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease.

Unmarried people were also 43 percent more likely to die from heart disease and 55 percent more likely to die from strokes, researchers report in the journal Heart.
There are many reasons marriage might have a protective effect including potentially more financial stability and social support, said senior study author Dr. Mamas Mamas of the University of Keele in the U.K.

“For example, it is well known that patients are more likely to take important medications after an event such as a heart attack or a stroke if they are married, perhaps because of spousal pressure,” Mamas said by email. “Similarly, they are more likely to take part in rehabilitation which improves outcomes after strokes or heart attacks.”

Having a spouse around may also help patients recognize early symptoms from heart disease or the start of a heart attack, Mamas added.
Marriage isn’t the biggest predictor of heart disease, however. Well-known risk factors like age, sex, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, smoking and diabetes account for about 80 percent of the risk, researchers note.

All of the studies in the current analysis were published between 1963 and 2015 and included people ranging in age from 42 to 77 from Europe, Scandinavia, North America, the Middle East, and Asia.

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