Many studies conducted previously on the health benefits of
matrimony often had unclear data on women and older people. However, a new
study shows that marriage protected women even more than men from
out-of-hospital heart attack deaths.
In the Finnish study, which was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Dr. Aino Lammintausta, of Turku University Hospital suggests that being
unmarried increases the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attack in both men
and women at any age.
Dr. Lammintausta and her team collected data on
more than 15,300 people who suffered heart attacks between 1993 and 2002. Among
these people, about 7,700 died within 28 days of their attack.
Dr. Lammintausta said "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," she said.
role of marriage on the risk of heart attack, the researchers found that single
men were 58 to 66 percent more likely to have a heart attack, when compared to
the married couples. For women, the nuptial benefit was even greater - single
women were 60 to 65 per cent more likely to suffer acute coronary events.
For both genders, wedlock also considerably lowered heart
attack mortality. Unmarried men were 60 to 68 per cent and unmarried women 71
to 75 per cent more likely to die of a heart attack within 28 days, compared
to their married counterparts.
The study shows that being unmarried or living
alone is known to increase cardiovascular disease incidence and cardiovascular
The researchers speculate that the above
differences may be due to many reasons:
have healthier lifestyles.
Couples generally influence each other's eating
habits, so they tend to eat healthy home cooked food and generally motivate one
another to exercise, thus have a better chance to manage their weight and stay
people generally have higher or double income
, so are financially better
off. Because married couples have an obligation to others, they tend to be more
financially responsible and are more likely to save money.
resuscitation or calling for help is much faster
amongst married people or
those cohabiting since they could quickly call for an ambulance or medical
Married people tend to experience less depression
and fewer alcohol-related problems.
Married couples feel
less loneliness and stress
because they have a partner to confide in.
Married people have
larger support networks
and enjoy higher levels of social
than their unmarried peers.
Married people seem
to get better treatment from doctors
, both in the hospital and after they are
author of the study, Dr Aino Lammintausta also said "Unmarried people have been
shown to be more likely to suffer from depression, and earlier studies show
that depression has an impact on mortality due to cardiac and circulatory
Lower adherence to secondary preventive medications such as daily aspirin,
cholesterol-lowering statins and medications to control high blood pressure amongst
the unmarried may have an adverse effect on long-term health prognosis.
concluded that the reasons marriage or cohabitation may protect people from
heart attack requires further research to establish a cause-and-effect
relationship between marital status and heart attack incidence and survival.
So now we
know the truth to the classic saying 'Marriage and love is about finding the one person who makes your heart complete."
Go ahead, give your heart to your supportive spouse and the next time you say, 'My true love hath my
heart', you can rest easy for you know your heart is in good hands!!!!