Marriage lowers your risk of stroke
Being married may be good for your heart and could even lower your risk of death from stroke.
A new study, published online in the journal 'Heart', pooled analysis of available data to find marriage may protect against the development of heart disease and stroke as well as influence who is more likely to die from them.
The findings prompted the researchers to suggest marital status should be included as a risk factor for heart disease or stroke and likely survival in its own right.
Some 80pc of cardiovascular disease can be attributed to well-known risk factors including age, sex, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes.
But it is not clear what influences the remaining 20pc.
Findings of previous research on the impact of marital status have been mixed so, in an attempt to clarify the issues, the authors trawled research databases for relevant published studies.
Analysis of the data revealed that, when compared with people who were married, those who weren't - never married, divorced or widowed - were at heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease (42pc) and coronary artery heart disease (16pc).
Not being married was also associated with a heightened risk of dying from both coronary heart disease (42pc) and stroke (55pc).