There is a direct connection between your heart and how you feel and a study led by a Michigan State University sociologist has found that older couples in bad marriages, especially wives have higher risk of heart diseases compared to those who are living happily. The new study throws a light at how being unhappy can directly connect with poor heart issues and heart problems. The study was funded by the National Institute of Aging and was published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
The study also highlights the connection between marital quality and risk of heart disease. It also considered various other factors like gender and age that can influence the relationship and distort the link between marriage and heart health. The study takes into account five years of data of more than 1000 married men and women who were from 57 to 85 years of age. The research clearly indicates that bad marriage can have bad influence and can cause more harm to the heart while a good marriage offers positive benefits to cardiovascular health. The study also claims that with age the immune system declines and therefore poor marriage can lead to more stress and affect heart health in a bigger way.