Navigation Links
Happy Marriage, Happy Heart
Date:3/20/2008

Study finds contented mates enjoy lower blood pressure

THURSDAY, March 20 (HealthDay News) -- Happily married people have lower blood pressure than unhappy married people or singles, a Brigham Young University study says.

On the other hand, even having a supportive social network did not translate into a blood pressure benefit for singles or unhappy married people, according to the study.

"There seem to be some unique health benefits from marriage. It's not just being married that benefits health -- what's really the most protective of health is having a happy marriage," study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a psychologist who specializes in relationships and health, said in a prepared statement.

The study included 204 married and 99 single adults who wore portable blood-pressure monitors for 24 hours. The monitors recorded blood pressure at random intervals and provided a total of about 72 readings.

"We wanted to capture participants' blood pressure doing whatever they normally do in everyday life. Getting one or two readings in a clinic is not really representative of the fluctuations that occur throughout the day," Holt-Lunstad said.

Overall, happily married people scored four points lower on the blood pressure readings than single adults. The study also found that blood pressure among married people -- especially those in happy marriages -- dipped more during sleep than in single people.

"Research has shown that people whose blood pressure remains high throughout the night are at much greater risk of cardiovascular problems than people whose blood pressure dips," Holt-Lunstad said.

The study was published in the March 20 issue of the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

The study also found that unhappily married adults have higher blood pressure than both happily married and single adults.

Holt-Lunstad noted that spouses can encourage healthy habits in one another, such as eating a healthy diet and having regular doctor visits. People in happy marriages also have a source of emotional support, she said.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers advice on how to reduce high blood pressure.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Brigham Young University, news release, March 20, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Despite grumbling, most Americans say they are happy at work
2. Most patients who have male-to-female sex-change surgery are happy, despite complications
3. A Happy Halloween Means Safety First
4. A Happy New You in the New Year
5. Be Healthy Be Happy(TM) with the Motherhood(R) Maternity and March of Dimes(R) Bracelet
6. Is your dating partner happy?
7. Smoking doesnt make you happy
8. Drug for cluster headaches may cause heart problems
9. Use of certain lipid measures not more effective in predicting coronary heart disease
10. Restricting Blood Flow May Help Heart Bypass Patients
11. Urban Smog Tough on Young Adults Hearts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Happy Marriage, Happy Heart
(Date:5/27/2016)... SC (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... a line of classic American timber frame barn kits, which can be found on ... are inspired by historic American barn plans, and they highlight the craftsmanship of timber ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... An influential resource amongst nurses and professionals in the health care world, ... of topics detailing why we appreciate nurses in so many different ways. From exclusive ... being in a major recession to one of the hottest growing professions in any ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... An ... bolstered by inspiring human-interest stories, courtesy of awareness-driven celebrities and thought leaders. It ... leading advocates, associations and industry leaders such as Bioness. , As patients ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... installment is bolstered by inspiring human interest stories, courtesy of leaders in the ... and tech within the industry, from leading advocates and associations—namely Jones & Bartlett ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... the pharmaceutical, medical and food industries. Aside from its GMP accreditation, Validation Center ... proof of successfully certified products, services and staff. , Validation Center is ISO17025 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... -- MedDay, a biotechnology company focused on the ... entitled "High doses of biotin in progressive multiple sclerosis: extension ... Professor Ayman Tourbah , Principal Investigator of the Phase ... of Neurology (EAN) in Copenhagen, Denmark . ... place on Sunday, 29 May 2016 from 14:45 to 16:15 ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016 Niederländische Chirurgen haben ... es Ärzten erlaubt, ihre Expertise weltweit zu teilen ... Live Streaming mit einer Instant-Messaging-Funktion und der Möglichkeit, ... in Europa, Afrika, Asien und den ... Plattform registriert. Information und Weiterbildung   ...
(Date:5/24/2016)...   , Study met both ... superiority in , Excellent plus Good ... of the ascending colon   , ... today announced new positive data from the phase III MORA study ... 2 litre PEG with ascorbate. The study met both primary endpoints ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: