Single Men and Women 58-66% More Likely to Suffer from a Heart Attack

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Why get married? For starters, marriage might just keep you alive longer.

A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found single men were 58 to 66 percent more likely to have a heart attack than married men and single women were 60 to 65 percent more likely to suffer from a heart attack than their married counterparts.

The study, which looked at data coming from more than 15,300 individuals who experienced a heart attack, also found men and women who were married were considerably more likely to survive a heart attack than their single peers.


“Single men and women were 58 to 66

percent more likely to have a heart attack.”

Compared to those who are married, mortality within 28 days of a heart attack was found to be 60 to 168 percent higher in unmarried men and 71 to 175 percent higher in unmarried women.

Of those people who suffered heart attacks, about half (7,700) died within 28 days of their attack.

Researchers theorized married people tend to be healthier, wealthier and more socially supported than single people, all of which correlate with increased longevity and survivability.

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