Bad marriage could lead to higher risk of heart disease, study says

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A new study, published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, suggests a bad marriage could break your heart – literally.

Researchers looked at 1,200 married people between the ages of 57 and 85, over a period of five years, and found older couples in unhappy marriages have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happily wed.

The research shows the heart risks increase with age, and the quality of the marriage has more of an effect on women, possibly because they tend to internalize happiness more than men.

Because the immune system declines the older you get, heart issues caused by marital stress can be even more severe.

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