What divorce can do to the couples, especially women? A new study has found that the divorced women are at higher risk of suffering from a heart attack.
The cardiovascular condition is so grim in women who are divorced, even if they remarry, compared to those who are continuously married.
The study, which was conducted by Duke Medicine, showed that a woman who has been divorced two or more times is about twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as compared to their stably-married female counterparts.
Matthew Dupre, lead study author, associate professor and Ph.D., said that this was the first study w to look at the cumulative effect of marital separation over a long period. The study found that it could have a lasting imprint on people’s health.
For the study, the researchers gathered responses 15,827 people between age group 45 and 80 who had been married at least once. The participants were selected so carefully that they could be represent national population in the best possible manner.
The study participants were interviewed by the research group every two years between 1992 and 2010. They were asked about their marital status and health during the study period. The researchers found that nearly one-third of the respondents had been separated at least once during the 18-year long study.
The findings of the study were published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.