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A happy marriage is good for your health, cardiologist says

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"If you're happily married, you're better off health wise," says Providence Hospital Chief Cardiologist Shukri David.

He echoes the results of a new, ten year Finnish study that found among men and women, being single increases the risk of heart attack, but being married, especially among middle aged couples, lowers the risk of dying from a cardiac event.

Why?  It likely comes down to companionship.

"You have someone who can give you good advice about health-related issues, someone that would maybe encourage you to seek medical advice that you might otherwise not seek," David says.

On the flip side, Dr. David points out being in a bad relationship can take a toll.

"If you're in a bad marriage, you tend to be more overweight, less exercise, develop poor dietary habits and at a higher risk for having a cardiac event," he says.

There have been several studies that prove the health benefits of marriage, but the benefit doesn't have to come from a spouse.

"The bottom line is have a good support system in place, someone that you can turn to and talk to about health-related issues that would give you solid advice," says David.

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