Study says married people have 14% greater chances of surviving heart attack than single people. The length of their stay in hospital is also reduced
Married people have higher chances of surviving a heart attack compared to those who are single or divorced, according to new research. They are also likely to spend fewer days in hospital than singles.
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However, marriage itself does not boost the odds of surviving heart attack, it’s the care and support of the better half that give them strength to fight and enable them to recover from the dangerous condition.
“A heart attack can have both devastating physical and psychological effects -- most of which are hidden from the outside world. These findings suggest the support offered by spouse can have a beneficial effect on heart attack survivors, perhaps helping to minimize the impact of a heart attack.” Dr Mike Knapton, medical director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said.
For the study, researchers studied data from more than 25,000 patients from England who suffered heart attack between January 2000 and March 2013. They found that married people have 14% higher chances of surviving heart attack and these patients also leave hospital two days earlier than single people, showing how important the support of a spouse be during major illnesses or at the time when you need them the most.
“Our research should not be a cause for concern for single people who have had a heart attack. But they should certainly be a remainder to the medical community of the importance of considering the support a heart attack survivor will get once they’re discharged.”
Every 43 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, according to CDC. A heart attack occurs when heart muscle doesn’t receive enough blood flow. The life can be saved if the patient is treated immediately without unnecessary delay. To return to the normal life after the heart attack, people require both physical and emotional support from others.
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Dr. Mike Knapton says. “When you have your heart attack, whether you’re married or not, it’s important to remember that you are not alone.”