Marriage is good for the heart
Unmarried people appear to be more likely to die of a heart attack than people who tie the knot. So concludes a Finnish study of 15,330 cardiac events that happened in Finland between 1993 and 2003.
Researchers found that heart-related incidents were about 58 to 66 percent higher in unmarried men compared to married men. Unmarried women did not fare any better-- their incidents of cardiac events were 60 to 65 percent higher than married women.
The research authors had several theories for why marriage seems to protect the heart. One is that married people tend to have better health habits than unmarried people and have more emotional and financial support than unmarried people. Married people are also more likely to seek medical attention when they need it and to take preventive medications as prescribed--presumably because their spouse told them to.