Prognosis of acute coronary events is worse in patients living alone: the FINAMI myocardial infarction register.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 09, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study out of Finland finding that being unmarried increases the risk of heart attack in both men and women, whatever their age. At the same time, being married and living together are linked with positive heart-related outcomes.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/could-rising-divorce-rates-up-heart-attack-risk) notes, the study included data on adults over 35 living in four regions of Finland. All fatal and non-fatal cardiac events were studied. There were 15,330 events over 10 years, with just about half of them resulting in death within 28 days. The analysis also showed that the incidences of these cardiac events were 58%–66% higher among unmarried men and 60%–65% higher in unmarried women.
As the article “Could Rising Divorce Rates Up Heart Attack Risk?” reports, marriage also seemed to help keep people alive. The 28-day mortality rates were between 60% and 168% higher in unmarried men, and 70%–175% higher in unmarried women.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that while it’s known that being unmarried or living alone unfortunately increases the risk of heart-related death and heart disease, most studies haven’t had such a vantage point on both sexes as this one. Here is why all this might be the case:
- It is possible that people with poor health status are more prone to staying unmarried or getting divorced.
- Married people may be better off financially, have better health habits, and enjoy higher levels of social support.
- Married people responded better to hospital treatment when a cardiac event did strike, perhaps because there was someone close by to call for help.
- Married people had better outcomes after discharge, possibly because those who live alone are less likely to stick to a treatment path over the long term.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that this also extends to other illnesses, such as dementia, and suggesting that readers seek out social support and stay active with others to live longer and healthier.
(SOURCE: Lammintausta, A., et al., “Prognosis of acute coronary events is worse in patients living alone: the FINAMI myocardial infarction register,” European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, first published online January 30, 2013.)
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