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Aug 13, 2015

Divorces May Cause Increased Risk of Heart Attack

Aug 13, 2015 - Family Law by |

Divorces Lead to Health Risks and Other Consequences

Divorces bring with them many consequences. Of course, the financial ramifications are well known, as property and finances are divided. However, there are other consequences as well, and one recent study indicates that divorce may lead to health consequences, including potentially an increased risk of heart attack.


A study conducted by Duke University looked at 16,000 adults and followed them for two decades. Individuals who were divorced in that period were at higher risk of having a heart attack than those who were remained and remained so.

Overall, 8 percent of the adults included here suffered a heart attack during the study. The group most heavily impacted by divorce was women. Women who were divorced once were approximately 25 percent more likely to have a heart attack, while women who went through more than one divorce had an overwhelmingly high 77 percent increased heart attack risk. It’s important to note that this does not prove causation. Nevertheless, it’s an intriguing statistic and idea to examine.

Physical health consequences are not often considered during or after a divorce. What is considered by most is the added stress, and the negative impact on one’s emotional and mental health.

The psychological impact is also well discussed not only amongst the adults involved, but also of course with the children of a marriage. Yet, physical health is overlooked, while divorce may play a role in leading to increased risk of heart attack, not to mention potentially a range of other issues. Stress itself may play a role here, but also, perhaps divorce leads certain individuals to be less likely to take proper care of themselves.

Divorce is a difficult journey to go through, and for many individuals, it’s difficult in the years that follow as well. In addition to the financial and family fallout, it’s not only mental and emotional health which may be impacted, but as this study demonstrates, physical health as well.

It’s another reason why you should seek out the assistance of an experienced attorney who can fight on your behalf. You should work with someone who can offer you caring, compassionate support during this difficult period of your life, while working hard to produce a positive outcome for you.

If you’re headed towards a divorce or believe you may be, contact the Law Offices of Brandon Bernstein by calling 240.395.1418. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation to begin discussing your case.


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