Israeli researcher: happy marriage cuts male stroke risk

08:23, May 13, 2010      

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Growing old together with a loving wife may be one key to lessening a man's chance of dying from a stroke, according to a recent research of Tel Aviv University.

Professor Uri Goldbourt's initial work at the Neufeld Cardiac Institute at the Sheba Medical Center, points to a possible connection between marital "happiness" and the odds of suffering a lethal stroke.

The survey is based on data culled from 1963 through 1997 covering 10,059 Israeli male, middle-aged civil servants. It included information from the country's national death registry and other records, using "clinical, biochemical, anthropometric, sociodemographic and psychosocial evaluations."

Thirty-four years of follow-up polling showed that unmarried men and unhappy married ones were about 64 percent more likely to die from stroke than happy married men, Goldbourt said in a presentation before a recent session of the American Stroke Association.

The results were "very consistent with what we're seeing in the United States," according to Dr. Daniel Lackland of the Medical University of South Carolina.

Lackland, who was not involved in the study, said it " demonstrates the benefit of having a partner or somebody that's there that can be supportive," and noted that a spouse's positive impact could include administering medication, making healthy food choices or even getting medical aid quickly in an emergency.

Source: Xinhua

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