A new research and survey conducted in United States of America has found that divorcees are more to prone to heart attacks when compared to their married counterparts.
Around 15,827 people participated in the study. An analysis of the subjects revealed that divorced women were more affected by divorce and had more percentage of heart attacks than divorced males.
The findings of the study were published in the medical journal “Circulation”. The study reveals that divorce has a long-term impact and may result in accumulation of chronic stress.
Findings of the research are not unnoticed by the British Health Foundation, which says that more research in the area is needed before it classifies “divorce” as a major heart risk.
Researches in the past have shown that the death of close person increases trauma and stress and such stress can be a cause of heart attack. The Duke University research adds divorce as another emotional stress factor that can cause a heart attack.
The Duke University study was started in the year 1992. Out of all the respondents, one in three divorced at least once between the years 1992 and 2010.
24 percent of all women who divorced at least once were found to be more prone to a heart attack in comparison to those women who never divorced. 77 percent of all women who divorced more than once were found to be more prone to heart attacks. The analysis reveals that the more divorces a woman undergoes, the more likely she is to have a heart attack.
Men were found to be more emotionally stable. One time male divorcees had a marginal increase of 10% in heart attack rates while the heart attack rates increased by 30% in males who had multiple divorces.
Prof Linda George, one of the researchers associated with the study says that divorce is in line with other major heart causing risks like diabetes and high blood pressure.
Men were more likely to re-bounce from a divorce fully while remarriage only slightly reduced heart attack risk in women.