Love Matters: Unmarried Heart Patients Have Higher Risk Of Death, Study Finds

Study Finds | 1/12/2018 | View all posts by Sarah Hockel
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ATLANTA — Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Science may help shed some light on the answer, at least when it comes to heart health: A new study finds that people with heart disease have a higher risk of death if they’re not married.

Scientists have long known that divorced individuals face an increased risk of death in general, but this is among the first study to evaluate the connection between marital status and heart disease-related conditions and deaths in divorced, separated, widowed, or never married patients.

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Individuals being treated for heart disease are at a higher risk for death if they’re unmarried, a new study finds.

“I was somewhat surprised by the magnitude of the influence of being married has (on heart patients),” says Dr. Arshed Quyyumi, lead researcher and professor of medicine at Emory University, in an American Heart Association news release. “Social support provided by marriage, and perhaps many other benefits of companionship, are important for people with heart disease.”

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The study followed 6,051 patients (average 63-years-old) for nearly four years who were undergoing cardiac catheterization for CAD. Patients with other prominent issues like severe heart valve damage, anemia, congenital heart disease, cancer or active inflammatory disease were excluded from the study.

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