“People who divorce face a higher risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) than those who remain married” said an article published online in Circulation some time ago as shown in a website for the Journal of the American Heart Association. The overall risk of death from a heart attack is eight percent but it is not as simple a statistic as it appears to be.
“Among women, those who were divorced once were one-quarter more likely” to have a heart attack than men who are at a lower risk. The risk rises significantly for men who were divorced multiple times, as high as 77 percent. Men on their second divorce had a 30 percent increase of heart attack. “Once men remarried, that increase disappeared,” said the article.
Married men and women have less heart attacks when compared to divorced pairs. It does seem that marriage may decrease stress and stress may be the important factor in the risk of having a heart attack.