By: Ed Edelson/HealthDay Reporter
When age and known stroke risk factors were included in the analysis, single men had a 64 percent higher risk of fatal stroke than married men, according to a report presented at the American Stroke Association’s annual stroke conference in San Antonio.
This study also asked men to evaluate the success of their marriages. The 3.6 percent of men who reported dissatisfaction with marriage also had a 64 percent higher risk of a fatal stroke, compared to those who considered their marriages to be very successful.
It’s clear that a long, happy relationship is associated with a higher likelihood of taking the recommended measures against the known stroke risk factors, said Daniel Lackland, director of graduate training at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a spokesman for the American Stroke Association.