Could marriage protect women’s hearts?

12 March 2014        

Man and woman walking in a park

Married women are less likely to die from heart disease than unmarried women, a study has suggested.

Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed data from over 700,000 women.

Over a nine year period, around 30,000 women developed heart disease and 2,000 died from it. Further analysis showed that although heart disease risk was the same regardless of marital status, married women had a 28 per cent lower chance of dying from it.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Maureen Talbot, said: “This research highlights a very important fact: heart disease is not just a man’s problem. Women need to take care of their hearts too.

“Though this study suggested a health benefit of marriage, remember that simply having a ring on your finger isn’t going to protect your heart. Whether you’re married or single, you can take steps to lower your heart disease risk by keeping activeeating well and not smoking.

“Make sure you talk to your doctor if you develop any new symptoms, no matter how trivial they may seem. If you’re over 40, ask for a free heart health check.”

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