Family Research Council

Cardiologists Take Marriage to Heart


By Tony Perkins
August 14, 2014

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When couples vow to stay together in "sickness and health," a new study says it's mostly health! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Home isn't just where the heart is, it's where it's the fittest. According to experts at NYC's Langone Medical Center, marriage cuts your risk of heart disease by 5%. And for people under 50, the results are even more dramatic. Tying the knot can mean a double-digit drop in heart problems, doctors say -- as much as 12%. After surveying more than three million people, researchers found what they call a "marriage advantage." Cardiologists say people benefit no matter what their gender is, what age they are, and even if they have high cholesterol or diabetes. The difference is so noticeable that NYU cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Berger says he's "increasingly vigilant" about examining patients for cardiovascular disease if they've been recently widowed or divorced. Marriage has plenty of benefits -- FRC counted 165 -- but in matters of the heart, nothing beats love!

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