Happy Marriage is Good for the Heart


happy marriageA happy marriage turns out to be good for the heart. A new study reveals that someone who is happy in their marriage and then undergoes a cardiac surgery are more likely to survive than those who are not married.

Researchers from the University of Rochester in the United States found that 83 percent of married and happy women who underwent heart bypass surgery may live for 15 years. While woman whose marriage is unhappy only 28 percent and 27 percent for unmarried women.

For husbands who are happy, the survival rate is also 83 percent, but even those who are not satisfied with their marriages have a 60 percent chance of survival compared with only 36 percent for those who are not married.

Prof. Kathleen King, who led the research, said that having a supportive husband and a wife will encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle, for example by exercising more or quitting smoking. “Being in a healthy marriage also motivate patients to take care of themselves after surgery because they have a reason to live to serve,” he said.

While Professor Harry Reis, who co-authored the study in The Health Psychology journal, said a happy marriage is “very important for survival after bypass surgery at a time when many traditional risk factors such as tobacco use, obesity, and high blood pressure occurs.”

Previous studies also showed that people with less conflict in their marriage have lower rates of heart inflammation.