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Unmarried women more likely to die from heart disease

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy DAILYMAIL | Mon,Apr 07 2014 00:00:00 EAT
By DAILYMAIL | Mon,Apr 07 2014 00:00:00 EAT

By Dailymail

Married women are 28 per cent less likely to die from heart disease than unmarried women - and it's all down to nagging.

Researchers say that even though marriage makes no difference to women's chances of developing heart disease, they are more likely to get treatment early is a partner constantly encourages them to.

They also believe that getting married can lead to lifestyle changes, and mean women are more likely to take medication.

The scientists behind the study admit they do not know the reasons for this difference.

However, Dr Sarah Floud and colleagues at Oxford University's Cancer Epidemiology Unit suggest one explanation could be that the partners of married women may encourage them to seek early medical treatment for symptoms.

'Married women were no less likely to develop heart disease than women who were not married, but they were less likely to die from it,' Dr Floud said.

'This means that, over 30 years, about three in 100 married women would die from heart disease compared with about four in 100 women who are not married or living with a partner.'

Other studies have also shown that partners tend to encourage their spouses to take medication and make changes in unhealthy lifestyles.

The findings come from the latest analysis of data from a large UK study of women's health run by Oxford University researchers, the Million Women Study.

This new study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, included 730,000 women who were on average 60 years old.

Over a nine-year period, 30,000 of these women developed heart disease and 2,000 died from the condition.

The researchers found that married women, or those living with a partner, had the same risk of developing heart disease as unmarried women (this included single, widowed and divorced women).

But the chance of dying from heart disease was 28 per cent lower.

The study took many factors into account that could have influenced the results, such as age, socio-economic status and lifestyle, but the lower risk of death from heart disease remained.

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