Marriage can be good for a man’s heart

The benefits of marriage on health, particularly for men, have long been known.

Now, a new study has found that men who are married or in common-law relationships seek medical care sooner for a heart attack, compared to those who are single, divorced, widowed, or separated.

Dr. Clare Atzema, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and co-authors looked at data on 4403 patients in Ontario, Canada, who had heart attacks (acute myocardial infarction). The mean age was 67.3 years and 33.7 percent were female.

Almost half of patients (46.3 percent) went to hospital within 2 hours, with 73.6 percent arriving within 6 hours.

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In married people, 75.3 percent went to hospital within 6 hours of first chest pain, compared with 67.9 percent single, 68.5 percent divorced and 70.8 percent widowed patients presenting during the same period.

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