Anyone who has been through the heartbreak and stress of divorce will know that it can have a huge impact on health. Now researchers have found evidence to show that divorcees are more likely to have a heart attack than their married counterparts.
The US study of 15,827 people found that chronic stress, linked to divorce, had a long-term impact on the body.
Women most affected
Researchers at Duke University found that women were worst affected. Women who divorced once were 24% more likely to have had a heart attack than their peers who remained married. The figure was 77% for those having multiple divorces.
In men, there was a 10% extra risk for one divorce and 30% increase after multiple divorces.
%VIRTUAL-AFCSponserAds%Researcher Prof Linda George explained: "This risk is comparable to that of high blood pressure or if you have diabetes, so it's right up there, it is pretty big."
When it came to remarriage, men seem better at bouncing back than women.
She told the BBC News: "We joke around here and call it the 'any-women-will-do orientation' for men. They're more comfortable being married than not married and cope with different women being their spouses.
"First marriages are protective for women and it's a little dicey after that."
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