Study: Heart attack risk jumps after divorce

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Divorce can be difficult for everyone involved, but there can be potentially serious physical effects, especially for women.

According to new research, women who divorced at least once were 24 percent more likely to have a heart attack than women who remained married. The risk for women who divorced twice or more jumped to 77 percent. The risk for men did not increase until they divorced two or more times.

This study is published in the journal "Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes."