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Researchers say doctors should factor in patients' marital status when making cardiac assessments. People who are married are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from a heart attack or stroke than those who remain single, according to a new study. The report, published in the European Heart Journal, used data from 34 previous studies published between 1963 and 2015 and involved more than two million people aged between 42 and 77 from Europe, Scandinavia, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. The researchers found that compared with married people, adults who were "divorced, widowed or never married" were 42% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, and 16% more likely to develop coronary artery disease. Unmarried people were also 43% more likely to die from heart disease, and 55% more likely to die from strokes. The report says the findings are so significant that a patient's marital status should be regarded as a significant risk factor, like blood pressure or smoking, the Daily Mail reports.
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