Marriages may come with some unique problems but a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reveals that being married can reduce the risk of heart attacks in both men and women.
The study was conducted by researchers at Turku University Hospital in Finland who analyzed data of more than 15,300 people who had suffered heart attacks between 1993 and 2002 with 7,700 people dying within four weeks of their attack.
On checking the matrimonial status of the participants, the researchers found that around 60 percent of unmarried men and 65 percent of unmarried women were more likely to suffer from heart attacks compared to married couples. The possibility of the attack being fatal was also high among unmarried people with the risk of a fatal heart attack increasing by 60 percent to 168 percent among unmarried men and 71 percent to 175 percent among unmarried women.
"Our study suggests that marriage reduces the risk of acute coronary events and death due to acute coronary events in both men and women and at all ages. Furthermore, especially among middle-aged men and women, being married and cohabiting are associated with considerably better prognosis of incident acute coronary events both before hospitalization and after reaching the hospital alive", lead researcher Dr Aino Lammintausta said.