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Marriage Good for the Heart

May 5, 2018

How much higher is the rate of cardiovascular (CV) death among unmarried vs married patients who are at high CV risk, according to a recent study?


The correct answer is D. 45%.

Explanation: New research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reports that unmarried individuals at high risk for or with known coronary artery disease have a 45% higher risk for CV death and a 52% higher risk for CV death or myocardial infarction compared with married individuals. Adverse CV outcomes were higher in all unmarried subgroups (widowed, divorced/separated, and never married), after adjusting for several clinical and demographic risk factors.