It’s not news that divorce is stressful – stressful enough that past research has frequently documented poorer health among divorcees. But those with a previous divorce, particularly women, appear to have a higher risk of heart attack, found a study published in the journal Circulation today.
Well established risk factors for coronary heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, include smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure. But this study took into account those factors as well as others, such as depression symptoms, exercise, alcohol use, income, occupation, weight and remarriage. It seems multiple divorces increases the heart attack risk further and that remarrying may helps men’s heart health but not so much women’s.