A research team of Turku University Hospital in Finland, led by Dr. Aino Lammintausta, have collected data on about 15,300 patients, who suffered from heart attacks (between 1993 and 2002). About 7,700 patients died within 28 days of the heart attack.
Unmarried people were 58-66 % more prone to have a myocardial infarction compared to married people, as well as 60-168 % more prone to die consequently.
Unmarried women had 60-65 % higher risk of developing a heart attack than that of married women, and 71-175 % higher chance of death consequently.
They found that marriage cuts the risk of heart attack and consequent death in both males and females at all ages.
The researchers couldn't find exact reasons for the results. They have thought that good health habits, having social and financial support, and less depression could be the reasons. Married people may be more prone to prevent heart attacks by taking aspirin, lowering cholesterol levels, and controlling high blood pressure than unmarried people. They can call an ambulance sooner than people, who are alone. The researchers have noted that married patients seemed to get better care from doctors too.
They have noted that people with social isolation can have high heart rates, which could cause arrhythmia and hypertension.
If you are unmarried, it is better to follow measures to have a healthier heart now itself.
- Manage your stress.
- Be happy.
- Be with friends and family members.
- Do not smoke.
- Avoid heavy alcohol consumption.
- Set up an emergency support system.
- Have health insurance.
- Do regular exercise.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Control high blood sugar, pressure, and cholesterol, if you have any.
- Take your medications regularly.
- See your doctor regularly.
- Otherwise, marry, if possible.
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