Can divorce affect your heart condition? Women going trough a harsh divorce are in danger of a heart attack, new study shows.
Women who have been divorced one time, or men who have been divorced at least two times in their life, are more likely to have a heart attack than people who get and stay married, according to a new study.
Men or women who have went trough a divorce or two, have higher chances of suffering from a heart attack, than people who remain together. The lead author of the study, Matthew E. Dupre from the Duke Clinical Research from Durham, North Carolina stated that science has long been aware of the devastating consequences a divorce can have on the human body.
According to the research, getting married another time, reverses the situation when it comes to men and women who had gone trough up to two divorces had an increased heart attack risk comparable from suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes.
During the experiment, scientists have studied over 15,000 people with ages starting with 45 years old up to 80 years old. The duration of the study has lasted for 18 years, respectively from 1992 until 2010 and at the time the study started all of the participants had been married at least one time, meaning that 19% of the women had been affected by a divorce while the men in the same situation were 14%.
At the end of the analysis more than 30% of the individuals had gotten a divorce at least one time. The research has shown that during the 18 years of study, 1211 people had a heart attack and according to statistics it happened more to those who had felt the stress of a divorce.
Women living one divorce in their lifetime had 24% higher chances to suffer from a heart attack, than women who remained married, while the number for women going trough two divorces were even more alarming, as 77% of them were in danger of suffering from one.
Even if these women, would get married once again, the chances of suffering from a heart attack were still, 35% higher than for those who remained married.
When it comes to men, the situation presented itself less critical, as they were at 30% higher risk only if they had gotten two divorces or more than men who continued to be married or have gotten remarried. Experts have not found yet the reason these difference between men and women occur, but it is obvious that a divorce has a deeper impact on women than on men.It might be because of the fact that women getting a divorce are affected more financially and emotionally than men going trough the same situation.
Another fact pointed out by the study, was that men remarry more easily and much sooner than women. Even though the study has proved that a divorce can be an emotionally traumatic event in the life of a human, researchers have not managed to account other harmful criteria such high stress levels, not having social support, suffering from anxiety or medical treatments.
The study hasn’t also been able to discover whether the heart attack risk increases or diminishes in time, after the divorce. At fault for this, might be the fact that during the period of a divorce, the body suffers a great shock which affects our emotions which can be a possible cause for cardiovascular issues. Another thing to take into consideration is the fact that people going trough a divorce might suffer lifestyle chances, like starting to smoke to be able to cope with the stress.
These results apply only to people who have dealt with a stressful divorce and those who ended their marriage in friendly terms are not included in the research Moreover, people who have never been married are also excluded from this study.
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