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You're less likely to die from a heart attack or stroke if you're married

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WASHINGTON (Circa) -- A new research review shows married individuals are less likely to have a cardiovascular disease or have a heart attack, Reuters reports.

Over 2 million people were examined in the review's data which used over 30 previous studies to come to their conclusion. They found that divorced adults or those who are widowed or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop a cardiovascular disease. 16 percent of those individuals were likely to develop a coronary artery disease.

"It is well known that patients are more likely to take important medications after an event such as a heart attack or a stroke if they are married, perhaps because of spousal pressure,” Dr. Mamas Mamas of the University of Keele in the United Kingdom told Reuters. “Similarly, they are more likely to take part in rehabilitation which improves outcomes after strokes or heart attacks.”

The studies that were examined came out between 1963 and 2015. The people who were looked at came from Europe, Scandinavia, North America, the Middle East and Asia. They were between the ages of 42 and 77 years old.

People who were divorced were 33 percent more likely to die from coronary heart disease. Their risk for death from strokes also is more than doubled.

Researchers noted that marriage wasn't a key predictor of heart disease though. Sex, age, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, smoking and diabetes are the biggest risk factors. These factors account for 80 percent of the risk.

The review was published in the journal Heart.

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