Avoiding Divorce Prevents Heart Attacks

“Divorcees are more likely to have a heart attack than their peers who stay married, US research suggests” (BBC, April 15, 2015). According to a Duke University study of over 15,000 people, “Women who divorced once were 24% more likely to have had a heart attack in the study than women who were continuously married. The figure was 77% for those having multiple divorces” (ibid.). One researcher noted “This [heart attack] risk is comparable to that of high blood pressure or if you have diabetes, so it’s right up there, it is pretty big.” Sadly, re-marriage after divorce barely reduced the heart attack risk, according to the study (ibid.). Researchers believe that “chronic stress, linked to divorce, had a long-term impact on the body.” Men are also at increased heart attack risk from divorce, but the risk is lower than for women (ibid.).