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Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 8:22am
Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press

What's good for the heart? Marriage, researchers say.

A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.

This was true at any age, for women as well as for men, and regardless of other heart disease risk factors they had such as high cholesterol or diabetes.

The study by researchers at New York Univ. involved people who sought screening tests for cancer or other conditions from a private company offering them in community settings around the country.

Married people had a 5% lower risk of any cardiovascular disease compared to singles. Widowed people had a 3% greater risk and divorced people, a 5% greater risk.

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