Divorced heart disease patients at higher risk of death than married people

Coronary heart disease is one of the main causes of death in the UK.

Unmarried patients are 24 per cent more likely to die from any cause of death, compared with married patients, scientists claimed. 

They were also 52 per cent more likely to die from cardiovascular problems, or have a heart attack.

Widowed heart disease patients were 71 per cent more likely to have heart attacks than married people, according to researchers.

“I was somewhat surprised by the magnitude of the influence of being married has [on heart patients],” said lead researcher and co-director of Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute, Dr Arshed Quyyumi.

“Social support provided by marriage, and perhaps many other benefits of companionship, are important for people with heart disease.”

More than 6,000 heart disease patients were analysed as part of the study.

All of them were undergoing treatment for coronary artery disease.

Scientists followed the patients for almost four years, and recorded their cause of death, and whether they experienced any other symptoms.

It’s the first study to revealed bad outcomes for heart disease patients, based on whether they were divorced, separated, widowed or never married, the researchers claimed.

More than 1,000 patients died across the three years, including 688 cardiovascular deaths and 272 heart attacks.

It was also revealed that unmarried patients were more likely to have high blood pressure, heart failure, and high cholesterol.

Heart disease affects about 2.5 million people in the UK, according to charity Heart UK.

Symptoms of the condition include chest pain, heart attacks and heart failure.

The condition can be caused by smoking, having high blood pressure or diabetes, the NHS added.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly could lower the risk of developing heart disease.

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