Marriage saves hearts and lives

When you get married, you give your heart to someone else. Turns out, it's in pretty good hands.

Married people not only have healthier hearts, they're also more likely to survive when something does go wrong.

In fact, they're twice as likely to survive a heart attack as their single counterparts, according to a new study of more than 15,000 people -- and the longer you're married, the greater the health benefits of marriage.

The flipside is that staying single can actually kill you -- with single men up to 168 percent more likely to die in the 28 days after a heart attack than married men. And for single women, that risk can be as much as 175 percent higher.

Single men and women are even nearly two-thirds more likely to have that heart attack in the first place, according to the study of the health benefits of marriage in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

The new study isn't the only one to find real health benefits of marriage -- only the most recent. Other studies have found that married people live longer, healthier, wealthier, and happier lives as well.

Next to all that, the heart benefits are really just the icing on the wedding cake.

There's no single reason why married people are so much better off, but it starts with the fact that married people always have someone looking out for them.

Men in particular are often not great about seeking medical care, even when they clearly need it -- but when they're married, they have wives who can encourage (some might say nag) them until they get help. And that's one of the major health benefits of marriage.

And having a spouse around means you have someone who can pick up the phone and call for help when the need is most urgent -- like during a heart attack.

But there's more to it than that.

We simply weren't designed to be alone -- and when you find your spouse, you're complete in a way that you never would be on your own.

And there's nothing healthier than that.

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