How the vagaries of marriage affect men

Assessing relationships to predict CVD risk

A man’s heart health appears to be linked to the highs and lows of marital life rather than the state of the relationship, say UK researchers.

couple conflict

Results from a prospective cohort study of 620 men show little change in cardiovascular risk factors for those whose relationships with their partners are consistently good or bad.

But a more distinct pattern emerges for those whose relationship quality fluctuates.

Specifically, the researchers have found that the ups and downs of marriage are strongly linked to rises and