A happy heart is a healthy one for married coronary bypass patients

A HAPPY marriage is linked to a higher likelihood of survival following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, researchers have found.

In a study of 225 US patients undergoing CABG, they found married patients were more than twice as likely as unmarried patients to be alive 15 years post-surgery. It is the first study to link marital satisfaction to survival after bypass surgery, the researchers said.

They found men had a survival benefit from marriage, whether or not it was a happy union, whereas women in an unsatisfying relationship saw no benefit, while those highly satisfied with their marriage had a four