Did you know that marriage is good for your heart in more ways than one? According to a study from the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY, led by Dr. Carlos L. Alviar, people who are married are much less likely to develop heart or blood vessel ailments, compared with those who are single, widowed or divorced. The findings were presented at the annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology and findings released on March 28, 2014.
The research team found that overall, individuals who were married had a 5% lower risk of developing any form of cardiovascular disease than those who were single. This study is the largest of its kind, analyzing surveys of more than 3.5 million men and women from 20,000 health centers in the U.S.
Participants in the study ranged in age from 21 to 99 years old, underwent physical examinations and imaging tests from 2003 through 2008. After adjusting for age, gender, race and other medical risk factors, authors discovered that marital status was independently associated with the risk factor for all types of heart disease. The findings were consistent among both male and female patients, and particularly in patients under the age of 50. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/study-married-folks-have-fewer-heart-problems
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