Marriage prevents death from heart disease, new research reveals.
Married people are 14 per cent more likely to survive a heart attack than those who are single, a study found.
This is thought to be due to spouses nagging each other to live a healthy lifestyle, the research adds.
Husbands and wives can also be relied upon to remind the other to take their medication and generally help them to cope with their condition, the study found.
Lead author Dr Paul Carter from Aston University in Birmingham, said: ‘Marriage, and having a spouse at home, is likely to offer emotional and physical support on a number of levels’.
Marriage prevents death from heart disease, new research reveals (stock image)
JUST TWO TEASPOONS OF SALT A DAY DAMAGES THE HEART BY RAISING BLOOD PRESSURE
Eating just two teaspoons of salt a day damages the heart, research suggested earlier this month.
Having a sodium intake of 3.73 grams, the equivalent of around two teaspoons of salt, is associated with larger heart chambers, a study by Harvard University found.
Previous research suggests hearts become enlarged when the muscle is overworked due to an underlying condition, such as high blood pressure.
Such a salt intake also increases strain on the heart’s muscle and boosts its beating rate, the research adds.
These results are thought to be due to salt’s impact on blood pressure, which previous research revealed is linked to heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease.
The CDC and NHS both recommend adults eat no more than around one-and-a-quarter teaspoons of salt a day, which is easily exceeded if people eat ready-prepared food.
How the study was carried out
The researchers analysed patients who were hospitalised in England between 2000 and 2013.
The study’s participants had either previously suffered a heart attack or had risk factors for such an event.
They were categorised according to their marital status.
Marriage boosts survival by 14%
Results reveal that married people are 14 per cent more likely to survive a heart attack than single people.
Of the study’s participants with high cholesterol, those who were married were 16 per cent more likely to be alive at the end of the trial’s duration.
Survival prospects were 14 per cent and 10 per cent higher for married participants with diabetes and high blood pressure, respectively.
The findings were presented at the European…