A Stressful Marriage Can Harm Your Heart Health, Study Finds

There may be a link between distress in marriage and poorer outcome after a heart attack for people under 55, according to a new study.

“Our results confirm that stress experienced in daily life, such as marital stress, can impact young adults’ recovery from a heart attack,” lead study author Cenjing Zhu said in a statement. press release published on Monday 31 October. announcing the results.

Preliminary research is to be presented at the American Heart Association’s 2022 Scientific Sessions, which will be held in-person in Chicago as well as virtually November 5-7, 2022.

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Zhu holds a Ph.D. candidate at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut.

She added in the statement that “additional stressors beyond marital stress, such as financial stress or work stress, may also play a role in young adult recovery, and the interplay between these factors. requires further research”.

The study looked at 1,593 young adults between the ages of 18 and 55 who were treated for a heart attack at one of 103 hospitals in 30 states.

The study looked at 1,593 young adults between the ages of 18 and 55 who were treated for a heart attack at one of 103 hospitals in 30 states.
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The study looked at 1,593 young adults between the ages of 18 and 55 who were treated for a heart attack at one of 103 hospitals in 30 states.

These adults were concurrently enrolled in a study called “VIRGO” or “Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients,” as the release notes.

All of the people in the study were either married or in a “committed partnership” when they had a heart attack, the statement said, and more than 66% of the people in the study were women.

Marital stress was also linked to chest pain and hospital readmission within a year of the initial heart attack, the study found.

One month after their heart attack, the participants were asked to complete a questionnaire called the “Stockholm Marital Stress Scale”, and were scored as having “absent/mild”, “moderate” and “severe” levels of marital stress.

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The participants were then studied for a year after their heart attack, according to the statement.

Zhu and his co-authors found that people who had “severe stress levels” scored 1.6 points lower in physical health and 2.6 points lower in mental health on a 12-point scale than those with no/mild stress levels.

Participants were rated as having

Participants were rated as having ‘absent/mild’, ‘moderate’ and ‘severe’ levels of marital stress.
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“Participants reporting high levels of stress [scored] almost 5 points lower in overall quality of life and 8 points lower in quality of life when measured by a scale specifically designed for cardiac patients,” the statement read.

Marital stress was also linked to chest pain and hospital readmission within a year of the initial heart attack, the study found.

Those with “severe” stress levels were almost 50% more likely to be readmitted to hospital for any cause, compared to those without marital stress.

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Poorer health outcomes existed even when controlling for the participant’s gender, age, race and ethnicity, the statement said.

Controlling for employment, education, income, and health insurance status reduced the association, the statement said — but “the association remained statistically significant.”

“The daily emotional and mental support from my wife has definitely helped stabilize my a-fib,” said a Boston-area man.
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A Boston-area man in his late 70s who suffers from recurrent atrial fibrillation said that for him, Yale’s research made sense: He discovered that being happy and calm in his marriage had a positive effect on one’s own heart health.

“I know I’m older than the patients in this study, but my wife’s daily emotional and mental support has definitely helped stabilize my a-fib,” he told Fox News Digital. .

He added: “Love heals.”

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Zhu said that in the future, medical professionals “should consider screening patients for daily stress during follow-up appointments to better identify those at high risk for poor physical/mental recovery or additional hospitalization.

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“A holistic model of care based on both clinical factors and psychosocial aspects can be helpful, especially for young adults after a heart attack,” she said.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States: one person dies every 34 seconds from heart disease, according to the CDC.

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