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A stressful marriage is an ingredient to having a heart attack – Scientists

By Wangu Kanuri November 16th, 2022 2 min read

Did you know that being in an unhappy marriage can result in you having a heart attack?  Scientists say that being in a stressful one can break your heart.

Studies show that unhappy couples are fifty percent more likely to be readmitted to the hospital following a heart attack.

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Additionally, the couples were also 67 percent more likely to report chest pains in the year following an attack than those who had little or no stress in their marriage, according to research from Yale University.

However, romantics have linked tying the knot with better overall health and heart disease prognosis, but scientists wanted to test if being in a long-term relationship could be a help or hindrance after a heart attack.

They looked at the recoveries of heart attack patients of more than 1,500 adults, with an average age of 47, one year later and compared it to how happy they were with their spouses.

Participants were asked to complete questionnaires on subjects including the quality of the emotional and sexual relationship before being rated as either having absent/mild marital stress, moderate marital stress, or severe marital stress.

Scientists then used a point scale to assess their physical health, pain scores, mental well-being, and hospital data to monitor readmissions.

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Some four out of ten women and three in ten men reported severe marital stress, with those with the most stress reporting 8 points lower in quality of life when measured by a scale specifically designed for cardiac patients.

“Our findings support that stress experienced in one’s everyday life, such as marital stress, may impact young adults’ recovery after a heart attack,” Daily Mail reported.

Additional stressors, including financial strain or work stress, may also affect young adults’ recovery.

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