HEART HEALTH

I ‘Heart’ You: Marriage linked to better prognosis for cardiac issues

2014-04-15T11:49:00Z I ‘Heart’ You: Marriage linked to better prognosis for cardiac issuesGreenshoot Media nwitimes.com
April 15, 2014 11:49 am  • 

A recent large-scale study conducted by researchers in Finland says that being married and cohabiting – especially among middle-aged couples – is associated with considerable better prognosis of acute cardiac events.

In short, marriage is good for your heart.

The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and based on nearly 10 years of register data. The information driving the study included more than 15,000 acute cardiac syndrome events, with more than half resulting in death within 28 days.

Among this group, mortality rates were found to be 60 to 168 percent higher in unmarried men, and 71 to 175 percent higher in unmarried women.

So what exactly is the connection between marriage and the heart’s ability to recover from a major event? Study researchers offered the following explanations.

Overall Health

Married couples may have a heart advantage because of their health habits and social connectivity to other married couples like them.

Seniors are urged to find and acquaint themselves with other seniors. This social interaction can pay large dividends in all types of health, including mental, emotional and physical.

Early Intervention

Researchers hypothesized that married couples may be more likely than unmarried people to seek medical assistance in the case of a health issue.

A recent study agrees. It was conducted by the University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Studies and found that if spouses understand their partners’ disease and treatment requirements, both people’s health could improve.

Better Care

Married people may seek better treatment once in the hospital and after discharge. The study found that a larger proportion of married and cohabiting men received specialized therapy at acute stage.

This intervention has been known to contribute to better survival after hospitalization. Lower adherence to aspirin, statins or beta-blockers among the unmarried may have an adverse effect on long-term prognosis, the researchers claim.

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