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Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage
seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than
3.5 million Americans finds that married people
are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed
folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel
This was true at any age, for women as well as
for men, and regardless of other heart disease risk
factors they had such as high cholesterol or diabetes,
"It might be that if someone is married, they have
a spouse who encourages them to take better care
of themselves," said Dr Jeffrey Berger, a preventive
cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New
This is the largest look at marriage and heart health,
said Dr Carlos Alviar, a cardiology fellow who led
the study with Berger. Previous studies mostly com-
pared married to single people and lacked information
on divorced and widowed ones. Or they just looked
at heart attacks, whereas this one included a full
range from clogged arteries and abdominal aneurysms
to stroke risks and circulation problems in the legs.
Researchers used health questionnaires that people
filled out when they sought various types of tests in
community settings around the country from an
Ohio company, Life Line Screening Inc. Some of
these screening tests, for various types of cancer and
other diseases or conditions, are not recommended
by leading medical groups, but people can still get
them and pay for them themselves.
The study authors have no financial ties to the
company and are not endorsing this type of screening,
Berger said. Life Line gave its data to the Society of
Vascular Surgery and New York University to help
The results are from people who sought screening
from 2003 through 2008. Their average age was 64,
nearly two-thirds were female and 80 per cent were
white. They gave information on smoking, diabetes,
family history, obesity, exercise and other factors,
and researchers had blood pressure and other health
The study found that...
---Married people had a five per cent lower risk of
any cardiovascular disease compared to single people.
Widowed people had a three per cent greater risk of
it and divorced people, a five per cent greater risk,
compared to married folks.
---Marriage seemed to do the most good for those
under age 50; they had a 12 per cent lower risk of
heart-related disease than single people their age.
---Smoking, a major heart risk, was highest among
divorced people and lowest in widowed ones. Obesity
was most common in those single and divorced.
Widowed people had the highest rates of high blood
pressure, diabetes and inadequate exercise.
Researchers don't know how long any study par-
ticipants were married or how recently they were
divorced or became widowed. But the results drive
home the message that a person's heart risks can't
be judged by physical measures alone---social factors
and stress also matter, said Dr Vera Bittner, a car-
diologist at the University of Alabama at Birming-
She heads the heart disease prevention committee
of the American College of Cardiology. The study
results were released last Friday ahead of presentation
this weekend at the group's annual meeting in Wash-
"We don't really have a clear explanation" for why
marriage may be protective, Bittner said.
"You may be more willing to follow up with medical
appointments," take recommended drugs, diet and
exercise if you have a spouse, she said. (AP)
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and advice
Study: married folks have
fewer heart problems
Study results reveal that married people had a five per
cent lower risk of any cardiovascular disease compared
to single people. Widowed people had a three per cent
greater risk of it and divorced people, a five per cent
greater risk, compared to married folks.
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