MARRIAGE is good for women's health, not just men's, according to a study that shows both husbands and wives are far less likely to suffer a heart attack than their single friends.
Previous research has indicated that men gain most of the health benefit from marriage but a new Finnish study has found women benefit too.
Both married men and married women have heart attack rates that are considerably lower than single people of the same age. They are also far more likely to survive a heart attack.
The researchers, from Turku University Hospital, looked at 15,330 incidents of 'acute cardiac syndrome' over a 10-year period. Just over half resulted in death within 28 days.
They found both single men and single women were about two-thirds more likely to suffer such an event than those who were married.
Writing in the 'European Journal of Preventive Cardiology', the authors conceded: "We cannot exclude the possibility that persons with poor health status may be more prone to staying unmarried or getting divorced."
But they also believed marriage itself helped protect health, due in part to the "social support" between husband and wife. (©Daily Telegraph, London)