Troubled marriages may cause heart disease, study concludes

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The lead researcher of a recent study that correlated negative marriages to heart disease risk asserted that older couples, not just younger couples, could benefit from marriage counseling, the Huffington Post reported on November 24.

Although there have been many studies establishing links between low-quality marriage and the risk of heart disease, a new population-based study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior confirms this connection.

The study analyzed five-year data on 1,200 married individuals between ages 57 and 85, and found that older couples whose marriages were unhappy had an increased risk of heart disease compared to those who were happily married. Researchers also discovered that the effects of low-quality marriages tended to have a greater impact among women, likely because they were more likely to internalize negative feelings than men.

A happy marriage could mean a lot for your health. Consult with Austin-based marriage counselor Kathleen Snyder to learn how to reap the benefits of a happy, healthy marriage. Call 512-659-8600 to schedule an appointment with her today.