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Marriage: A powerful Heart drug!!

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Marriage increases survival rate after heart surgery

Married adults who undergo heart surgery are more than three times more likely to survive the next three months than single people who have the same surgery, a new study finds. - Medical express.
The study findings support the fact that Tying the knot can prolong your life. Many evidences suggest that the widowed, never married and divorced have greater risks of mortality in compare to married one.
"That's a dramatic difference in survival rates for single people, during the most critical post-operative recovery period," says Ellen Idler, a sociologist at Emory University and lead author of the study, "We found that marriage boosted survival whether the patient was a man or a woman."

While the most striking difference in outcomes occurred during the first three months, the study showed that the strong protective effect of marriage continues for up to five years following coronary artery bypass surgery. Overall, the hazard of mortality is nearly twice as great for unmarried as it is for married patients about to undergo the surgery.

Study
Most of research has looked broadly across populations during an entire lifespan, or relies only on medical records.
"We wanted to zero in on a particular window of time: a major health crisis," said lead author Idler. "And we wanted to add the in-person element of patient interviews, in addition to the full record of their medical history and hospitalization."
The study involved more than 500 patients undergoing either emergency or elective coronary bypass surgery. All of the study subjects were interviewed prior to surgery. Data on survival status of the patients were obtained from the National Death Index.

While the data are inconclusive for what caused the striking difference in the three-month survival rate, the interviews provided some possible clues.
"The married patients had a more positive outlook going into the surgery, compared with the single patients, When asked whether they would be able to manage the pain and discomfort, or their worries about the surgery, those who had spouses were more likely to say, yes." added Idler.
Patients who survived more than three months were approximately 70 percent more likely to die during the next five years if they were single. An analysis of the data showed that smoking history accounted for the lower survival rates in the single patients over this longer term.

Researcher’s view
"The lower likelihood that married persons were smokers suggests that spousal control over smoking behaviour produces long-term health benefits," Idler says.
"The findings also shows that husbands were apparently just as good at care giving as wives."
When it comes to healing hearts, marriage may be powerful medicine, but it's in increasingly short supply, Idler says, which does not bode well for aging baby boomers.

Barely half of U.S. adults are currently married, the lowest percentage ever, according to the Pew Research Center.
The study appears in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour.

Provided by American Sociological Association


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5 comments

  • Comment Link mohamed kadar Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:40 posted by mohamed kadar

    its really amazing and very encouraging to the bachelors..

  • Comment Link Saloua Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:59 posted by Saloua

    I have red similsr chapter few month a go ,you are so right,

  • Comment Link Dr.Gurupreet Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:58 posted by Dr.Gurupreet

    If its a good marriage then it can increase survival no doubt,but if its a bad marriage then its viceversa!

  • Comment Link dr arvind jain Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:56 posted by dr arvind jain

    A BEAUTIFUL WIFE, BUNGALOW AND A CAR INVITES THE DISEASE OF HEART. the treatment of heart is wife. WIFE MEANS WITHOUT INFORMATION FIGHTING EVERY TIME SO SOME TIMES INCREASES HEART PAINS. AND RELEASES TENSION.

  • Comment Link George Wednesday, 07 March 2012 10:57 posted by George

    Be interesting to see figures for heart attack in married males!

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