Married Heart Patients Fare Better Than Single Counterparts

Medscape Staff

February 07, 2023

Those who are married have a better chance of surviving longer after having a heart attack, according to investigators who analyzed data from the CAMI (China Acute Myocardial Infarction) registry.

What to Know

  • Lack of long-term social support is a well‐established contributor to cardiovascular mortality, and marriage is considered one of the closest and most important relationships for receiving social support.

  • In a study of married and single patients who were undergoing treatment for acute myocardial infarction, unmarried patients were found to receive less reperfusion treatment.

  • Unmarried and married heart patients faired the same when it came to overall in‐hospital treatment outcomes, but single patients' long-term prognosis was not good with respect to all‐cause mortality and future major adverse heart attacks or strokes.

  • The adverse effects were more severe in patients who were never married and those aged 75 years or younger than those older.

  • Marital status may affect medical decision‐making, and having a spouse to help with decisions might explain why unmarried patients have worse postacute myocardial infarction outcomes than married patients.

This is a summary of the article, "Impact of Marital Status on Management and Outcomes of Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction: Insights From the China Acute Myocardial Infarction Registry," published in the Journal of the American Herat Association on November 29, 2022. The full article can be found on

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