Marriage is good for the heart, a study finds

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  • A study found that marriage is literally good for the heart
  • The risk of m0rtality due to c0ronary heart disease is higher by 42 percent for those who are not married
  • Researchers believe that this is because not living alone is thought to be good for m0rale and for neural stimulation

Marriage, literally, has good effects for the heart. Well, most probably when it’s a good one, rather.

This was found by a team of researchers from Royal Stoke Hospital’s Department of Cardiology headed by Chun Wai Wong. They conducted a survey over the past two decades to more than two million people with ages between 42 and 77 and discovered that being married significantly reduced the risk of developing heart disease and str0ke.

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The study, which was published on the medical journal Heart, was conducted among people from Europe, North America, Middle East, and Asia.

“Compared to people living in spousal union, the div0rced, wid0wed, or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop cardi0vascular disease and 16 percent more likely to have c0ronary artery disease,” says the AFP report published on GMA News.

It added that the risk of passing away due to c0ronary heart disease is higher by 42 percent for those who are not married. Meanwhile, the risk for them to succumb to str0ke is higher by 55 percent. This prompted researchers to suggest that marital status be added as one of the risk factors. “These findings suggest that marital status should be considered in the risk assessment for cardi0vascular disease,” Wong said.

Previous reports have attributed four fifths of cardi0vascular diseases to risk factors such as age (0lder people are at higher risk), gender (males are more at risk), high bl0od pressure, high cholesterol, sm0king, and diabetes.

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Researchers believe that those who are married are less likely to develop cardi0vascular disease because they will be looking out to each other whenever one is facing health problems. Another good thing is that there is someone who will remind the other when it is already time to take medicines. Having two incomes or receiving separate pensions may also be a reason.

“More intangibly, not living alone is thought to be good for m0rale and for neural stimulation,” AFP also reported; citing other researches which found that those with a partner are less likely to develop dementia.