A cardiologist may be necessary if you’re in a bad marriage. Ever had your heart broken during a bad breakup? Well, a bad marriage could literally break your heart. A recent study done at Michigan State University looked at the effects of bad marriages in older couples, mainly wives. They found that older wives who are in a bad marriage have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happy in their marriage.
The study conducted looked at not only spouses but also their age, gender, and how their relationship can influence their heart health. The study was conducted over a five-year period of over 1,000 married men and women aged 57 to 85. Participants completed surveys about their marriage as well as having lab tests done on their risks of strokes, high blood pressure and heart attacks.
It was concluded that if you’re in a “bad” marriage, then you have an increase in risk for heart disease and that increases as you get older. And since the wives tend to internalize the unhappiness more, they found that it affects women more than men. Plus, immune systems and heart health deteriorates as people age anyway, and a bad marriage could certainly speed up the process. See? Sad love songs about heartbreak aren’t just for the kids.
"Marriage counseling is focused largely on younger couples," said Hui Liu, one of the head researchers on the study. "But these results show that marital quality is just as important at older ages, even when the couple has been married 40 or 50 years."
In a bad marriage? Get to a marriage counselor to save your relationship and your heart!