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Your Marital Status Can Determine Your Risk Of Heart Disease

Chances of dying from heart disease could be gauged from one’s marital status and gender, two causes that may hold the clue to this, as per a British study. The study found divorced and widowed men to have greater chances of death from heart-related conditions as compared to divorced and widowed women. However, single men have a greater chance of surviving heart failure when compared with single women.

Men with deceased spouses have around 11% increased chances of death from heart attacks when compared to single widows. Widowers who have heart failure also have 10% increased chances of death. Widowers with a-fib or atrial fibrillation, which is a slightly abnormal and unusual heart rhythm, have 13% higher chances of death as per the study.

The same goes for divorced men affected by the same condition, who had 14% higher chances of death compared to divorced men. When it came to married couples with a-fib, men had a 6% higher risk.

However, single men suffering from heart failure had 13% lower chances of death when compared with single women.

Metin Avkiran, a director at BHF, stated that the study showed divorced or widowed men or women to require most support when it came to minimizing their chances of passing away from heart-related conditions, as per a new release.

Death rates and marital status of over 1.8 million people with a history of heart disease were analyzed in the study. The location was set in England during 2000-2014.

Dr. Potluri, a lecturer of cardiology at AMS in Birmingham was the lead author of the study. He stated that merely focusing on medical problems of the patients wasn’t enough when heart disease was the threat.

He stated that holistic care options and factors like support networks were also important to be brought into consideration as these can have a huge impact on the health conditions of a person.

The findings were discussed by him and his team on Tuesday at the BCS located in Manchester. When research details are presented in a meeting, they’re usually considered as preliminary findings until publication in peer-reviewed journals.