Study: Marriage lowers risk of heart disease

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A study has found that marriage can decrease your chance of heart disease and stroke.

There is no denying the joy that comes with finding your soulmate. Research has found that taking the relationship to the next level and getting married will do your heart good, literally.

A study based on a review of 34 other studies that were published between 1963 and 2015 which covered over two million participants from across the world aged 42 to 77, found marriage lowered the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The study, published in medical journal Heart, found people who had never married, were divorced or had been widowed were 42% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than married participants.

Single, divorced, and widowed participants had a 16% higher risk of coronary artery disease, and a 42% higher chance of dying from it. The study also found this group of participants were also 55% more likely to die from a stroke.

This is not the first study to reveal the health benefits of being married.

Another study conducted in 2014 which analysed records from a database of more than 3.5 million people aged 21 to 102 also found those who are married have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease affecting the legs, neck or abdominal areas.

“We found that being married was associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease in general,” said study researcher Dr Carlos Alviar, a cardiologist, told Medicinenet.com.

“Married men and women had 5% lower odds of any vascular disease. Widowed men and women had 3% higher odds, and divorced men and women had 5% higher odds of any vascular disease,” Alviar added.

How does marriage link to one’s health? According to Cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman, a loving spouse looks out for you and may encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle.

“There are tangible benefits from being in a solid relationship. A wife or husband might push their loved one to see a doctor before problems develop, or even to live a healthier lifestyle. The heartening effect of having a loved one to care for and someone that cares for you cannot be ignored,” Cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman told health.clevelandclinic.org.

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