Does having a loving relationship decrease the chances of having heart disease?

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Being in a happy relationship or marriage may decrease the risk of heart disease according to a study done by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, PA. The results of this study were published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

According to the study, lead author Thomas Kamarck, professor of psychology at the U. of Pittsburgh, PA, cited a growing amount of evidence suggests that social relationships are linked to all sorts of health issues including heart disease.

The study observed 281 healthy, middle aged adults who were married or living with a partner. The researchers found that a healthy marital relationship did indeed lead to reducing the risk of heart disease while bad marital relationships increased heart disease risks by 8.5%.

This is just another reason for both men and women to take out time for their relationships and to seek out positive interactions with their significant others. It has been my experience that there are too many cases out there where people sacrifice their relationships for their careers or even put their children before them. As a physician it’s always a difficult balancing act and make sure I make time for my wife.

Having that “rock” or person that you can depend on makes all the difference in the world. It would be very difficult for me to imagine a life where I would not be able to relieve my stress by talking to my wife or feel better about a situation. I certainly would not have realized a lot of things if my wife was not around for me. It is my personal experience that life is all about relationships and the more positive relationships we have around us creates for a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Dr. Shah, MD