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Study: Divorce takes higher toll on women's health

A divorced woman is more likely to suffer

A divorced woman is more likely to suffer a heart attack than a woman who remains married, according to a new study. Photo Credit: iStock

The stress of divorce seems to take a higher toll on a woman's health than it does on the health of a man.

A divorced woman is more likely to suffer a heart attack than a woman who remains married, according to a new study. What surprised researchers at the Duke University School of Medicine was that the risk remained higher even if she remarries.

Divorced men, however, had about the same risk for a heart attack as a man who remained married. Researchers said their study was one of the first "to look at the cumulative effect of divorce over a long period."

The study examined data on about 15,000 adults ages 45-80 over an 18-year period ending in 2010. It was published in the American Heart Association's scientific journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

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