Study: Getting Hitched Reduces Risk Of Heart Attack
Researchers find that unmarried men are more than 58 percent more likely to have a heart attack
Pushing for a ring this Valentine's Day? Here's another reason you can give to sell your significant other on the merits of marriage: married men and women are less likely to have a heart attack and are more likely to live longer lives.
Finnish researchers collected data on more than 15,500 people who suffered heart attacks between 1993 and 2002.
The findings reveal that both married men and women fared the best: Unmarried men were 58 to 66 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who were married, and 60 to 168 percent more likely to die as a result.
For single women, the risk of heart attack was 60 to 65 percent higher than that of their married counterparts—and they had a 71 to 175 percent higher chance of dying as a result.
Researchers aren’t sure why that is, but surmised that strong social support and better health habits (likely from a nagging spouse) could be possible reasons.
So, if you want a long and healthy life, it might be time to jump the broom!