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Ahhh Amore! Marriage Improves Heart Attack Survivability for Men

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Men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but as it turns out, being married to Venus is much more than a man simply being lucky enough to have love, beauty, and brains wrapped up in a sexy housecoat greeting him each morning over coffee.

Having Venus around in the morning is also a very good thing for a man’s heart health. It’s long been accepted that the love of a good women and a great marriage or relationship is particularly good for heart health. People who are happily married – please note the emphasis is on “happy” and not just “married” – have lower rates of heart disease than their single counterparts and generally live longer. According to new research hot off the presses from Canada, it appears that marriage may also give men an edge when it comes to surviving heart attacks.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; we women truly are amazing and fantastic – that goes without saying. But, how does our mere presence improve a man’s outcome when it comes to heart attacks.

According to research study lead author Dr. Clare Atzema of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences or ICES, the answer is simple. Married men have better survivability rates when it comes to heart attacks simply because they make it to the hospital sooner.

That’s right ladies – a good woman uses her sweet voice of encouragement until she finally ‘persuades’ her little Mars warrior into surrendering to the inevitable and seeking medical assistance. Of course, the earlier medical treatment is received, the greater the chance of survival from a heart attack. Hence the fact that we daughters of Venus are responsible for helping our man walk away on the winning side of his heart attack battle.

The conclusion that marriage increases a man’s survivability from a heart attack was reached after researchers examined data of 4,403 heart attack patients in Ontario, Canada. Researchers found that a little less than half the heart attack patients received emergency care within the first two hours after symptoms first presented.

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