“Be careful with your heart.” It is a lesson that so many of us learned the hard way, the words echoing through our heads as we sat in our bed sobbing because we had given our heart to someone and they were everything but careful with it. And then one day we met our person. And as it would turn out, they did our heart some good. So much good in fact, that we determined that our life would be better with them than without. So we gave them our heart and not only did it make us happier but it may have also made us healthier. Because a life without love can sometimes be pretty lonely and it can make your heart hurt, literally.
A Finland study found that being married physically does wonders for your heart. As a result of the study it was determined that married people were less likely to suffer from a heart attack. With regards to middle-aged couples who were married or cohabitating they had a “considerably better prognosis of acute cardiac events both before hospitalization and after reaching the hospital alive.”
The study looked at various “cardiac events,” both fatal and non fatal over a period of ten years in an effort to examine the correlation between morbidity and the prognosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and the socio-demographics of the individuals invoked in the study. The findings are all quite interesting but with regards to those that are married:
“The 28-day ACS mortality rate in 65-74 year-old married men was 866 per 100,000 persons per year but 1792 per 100,000 per year in unmarried men.”
Additionally, the “mortality rates among 65-74 year old married women were 247 per 100,000 persons per year, but 493 per 100,000 when the woman was unmarried.” Even in the age range of 35-64 the fatality rate was significantly lower for men and women who were married.
There are many reasons that were highlighted as potential explanations that married individuals fare better when it comes to heart ailments when compared to their single counterparts. One potential reason is the notion that married people have increased social support.
So there you have it; you took a chance and placed your heart into the hands of yet another person. Only this time it turned out better and let’s hope it continues in that direction. During a month in which we celebrate love and how good it feels this study is a reminder that not only does love feel good, but it is good for you. Having a companion to go through life with does wonders for your heart in more ways than one. And to think Cheerios gets all the credit for healthy hearts. Find out more on the study here.
What are your thoughts on the study? Do you believe marriage has been good for your health?
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