New science says being married can improve your survival rate after a heart attack and the recovery time.
Could pledging to stay by your spouse's side "til death do you part" actually help you live a little longer? New research sure says so.
According to study presented at the recent British Cardiovascular Society Conference, being married can improve the survival rate of a heart attack and the recovery time.
Based on their findings 14% of married patients were more likely to be alive than than singles. Having someone to fight for may be a reason patients make it through their critical condition better and faster than their single or divorce counterparts. The study shows the importance of social support for people who've had a heart attack.
"What we're saying is that single and divorced patients should have appropriate support networks after going home from the hospital that could replace the sort of support you can benefit from in a marriage," Dr. Rahul Potluri, founder of the Algorithm for Comorbidities, Associations, Length of stay and Mortality suggests.
Make sure to have loved ones around you if you suffer from cardiovascular diseases. If you know someone who has recently had a heart attack be sure to reach out to them and offer your assistance in their care. That love can keep the heart healthy and the spirit motivated to pull through severe medical circumstances.
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