Divorce and Heart Attack – Study in MedicineNet

We have all known for sometime that stress can play a major factor in ones health.  This study shows the devestating effect that divorce can have on the health of men and women.  It now seems that women seem are more prone to the negative effects of stress than men, at least when it comes to divorce.  Perhaps they tend to have stronger emotions regarding relationships.

The real surprise here is not that the stress of divorce increases the likelihood of having a heart attack.  It is the impact it has on women even after remarriage.  The study shows that of the women that remarried were 35 percent were more likely to have a heart attack than those who stayed with their first husband.  I would be very interested if someone could come up with a reasonable explanation for why.

Duke University researchers found that among nearly 16, 000 U.S. adults followed over two decades,those who were divorced at some point had a higher heart attack risk than those who stayed married. The connection seemed stronger among women,but there was no evidence that a second marriage improved their situation. Women who remarried were still 35 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who stayed with their first husband.