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Marriage reduces the risk of heart attack in both men and women

Apparently being married or living with other people reduces your risk of heart attack whether you are male or female.

A Finnish study looked at people over 35 and found:

  • acute cardiac events (ACS) were 58-66% higher among unmarried men and 60-65% among unmarried women
  • 28 day mortality rates (after an ACS) were 60-168% higher in unmarried men and 71-175% higher in unmarried women


They concluded that being single or living alone increases not only the risk of having an ACS, but of surviving one. They considered several possible reasons this might be the case:

  • people with poor health may stay single/get divorced
  • living with others creates better health habits
  • social support promotes overall health
  • help is available more quickly when you live with others
  • apparently you are more likely to take your medicine and accept medical interventions if you are in a relationship (at least I think this is what they meant??)

Can see the ScienceDaily article here:

Marriage reduces the risk of heart attack in both men and women and at all ages

 

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