Married People Recover Better After Heart Surgery
Being married may help people recover better after heart surgery, according to a new study published in JAMA Surgery.
Using data from the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed about 1,500 participants, age 50 and up, who underwent heart surgery, taking into account medical history, lifestyle, quality of life and family structure.
At the beginning of the study, 65 percent of the participants were married, 12 percent were divorced or separated, 21 percent were widowed and 2 percent were single.
Post-surgery, the percentage of participants who either died or developed a new disability was 19 percent of married participants, 29 percent of divorced or separated participants, 34 percent of widowed participants and 20 percent of single participants.
In other words, those who were divorced, separated or widowed had about a 40 percent greater risk of dying or having a decreased quality of life compared to the married participants.