Divorce Could Be Bad for Your Heart in More Ways Than One

Divorce Could Be Bad for Your Heart in More Ways Than One

In this Monday, June 24, 2002 file photo, a doctor points to an image of a coronary artery with 80-90 percent blockage in St. Louis. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 finds genes that govern height also seem to affect cholesterol, especially in men. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
In this Monday, June 24, 2002 file photo, a doctor points to an image of a coronary artery with 80-90 percent blockage in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

 

(CBS News) – People who divorce face a higher risk of suffering a heart attack than those who remain in wedded bliss, but remarriage may not be the remedy, at least not for women, a new study suggests.

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.

The study, published April 14 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes, does not prove that divorce causes a person’s heart trouble. There could be other reasons for the association, experts said.

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