Marriage Linked to Heart Disease?


It’s always interesting what medical studies can uncover. Here are a few that I’ve found recently that are pretty interesting.

  • More Americans Successfully Managing Diabetes, Diabetes Care
  • Women at Greater Risk for Hip Implant Failure, JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Vitamin D Doesn’t Help Kids Do Better in School, Study Finds, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

A study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found married people are not only less likely to have a heart attack than single people, they’re also less likely to die, if they do have one.  This  large population-based study from Finland has shown that being unmarried increases the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attack in both men and women whatever their age.

 The study was based on the FINAMI myocardial infarction register data from the years 1993 to 2002. The study included information on people over the age of 35 living in four geographical regions of Finland. All fatal and non-fatal cardiac events, known as “acute cardiac syndromes” or ACS, were included and cross-referred to the population database, according Science Daily website.
“Our aim,” said the authors, “was to study the differences in the morbidity and prognosis of incident acute coronary syndromes according to socio-demographic characteristics (marital status and household size”.
Mohan Sathyamoorthly M.D., a cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, said the reasons are scientifically unclear, but medically important. “We don’t really understand the scientific underpinnings,” Dr. Sathyamoorthy said, “But we do know that through lots of different forms of study of companionship that that sense of companionship and friendship tends to be very protective for the heart.”

Learn more about how marriage could promote better heart health through this news story.

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Susan joined Baylor many years ago when Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the only Baylor facility in the area. When not at work, she’s outside – Big Bend National Park is her favorite with Glacier National Park a close second.

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Marriage Linked to Heart Disease?