Married Men Live Longer, Thanks to Nagging Wives

by Dr. Nithin Jayan on  July 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM Health Watch   - G J E 4
A nagging wife can help you live longer, says the recent study on heart patients. Married heart attack victims arrived at the hospital half an hour sooner than those who were not married! However this was found to be applicable only for men.

Men often deny or ignore physical symptoms, both their own and those of their soul mates. A chest pain is often given least importance by men, while their wives cajole them into visiting a doctor. A wife pushes her husband to visit a clinic long before a man thinks he needs to go. This explains why men who experience chest pains while having a heart attack tend to get to a hospital sooner if they're married or in a common-law relationship.
Married Men Live Longer, Thanks to Nagging Wives
Married Men Live Longer, Thanks to Nagging Wives

Earlier medical attention means lower death rates due to heart attack in married men compared to men who are single, widowed, or divorced. Marriage has long been known to be associated with better health, particularly for men. A wife who takes the role of caregiver sets up doctor appointments, and reminds or nags (as required) her partner to attend them.

However married women do not enjoy similar privileges. With respect to the mortality from heart attacks, married women or those in committed relationships were not much different from the single ones.

The researchers explored into the records of 4403 patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) admitted to acute care hospitals. The ones studied were those admitted to the hospital after experiencing chest pains and subsequently treated for a heart attack. Chest pain is a classic symptom of heart attack though it does not always occur. About three-quarters of married people sought treatment within six hours of their first symptoms, compared with 68% of single, 69% of divorced and 71% of widowed people.

An average time gap of 30 minutes was what married men had ahead of the unmarried ones in being rushed to the hospital. Though not error free, the findings are significant. The fact that treatment gap between married and non-married people applied only to men is unfortunate though.

Source: Effect of marriage on duration of chest pain associated with acute myocardial infarction before seeking care" Clare L. Atzema, Peter C. Austin, Thao Huynh, Ansar Hassan, Maria Chiu, Julie T. Wang, Jack V. Tu CMAJ July 18, 2011

Source: Medindia

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