Dr. Bill tells us what marriage does for your HEART Show Notes

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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If you’re married, did you know you are less likely to have a heart attack?

A new study has found that heart disease is less likely for married couples than for those who are single, divorced or widowed.

UPI is reporting on the story conducted by the Longone Medical Center at New York University.
The researchers analyzed records of 3.5 million people nationwide.  They ranged in age from 21 to 102, and had been evaluated for cardiovascular diseases. Overall, 69 percent were married, 13 percent were widowed, 8.3 percent were single and 9 percent were divorced.

After adjusting for age, sex, race and other cardiovascular risk factors,  the researchers found that married people were 5 percent less likely to have any heart disease compared with singles.

However, being divorced or widowed was associated with a greater likelihood of vascular disease compared with being single or married.

Widowers had 3 percent higher odds of any vascular disease and 7 percent higher odds of coronary artery disease. Divorce was linked with a higher risk of any vascular disease.

The “marriage protection” effect seemed to be even stronger among younger people.  Lead researcher Dr. Carlos Alviar says that surprised him and his colleagues.   

So they next time your husband or wife says “Honey, you’re going to give me a heart attack!”…you can let them know that just the opposite is true!

For more information on heart health, visit the American Heart Association website at heart.org.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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