ISLAMABAD: New research shows that marriage could improve heart disease survival rates.

A new study suggests that individuals who have experienced a heart attack, or who are at an increased risk of heart disease, have a better likelihood of survival if they are married. This, researchers say, could be due to the availability of a close support network.

Recently, several studies have looked at the effects of married life on an individual's health. The findings are often encouraging, suggesting that the closeness of married partners can have an important and beneficial psychosocial influence.

For example, one paper on which Medical News Today reported last year found that married life can improve cancer survival rates.

Likewise, a study presented last weekend at the European Society of Cardiology Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain, now suggests that married people also have a better survival rate when it comes to heart disease and heart attacks, and this may be due to the mutual support system provided by spouses.

Lead author Dr. Paul Carter and other colleagues from the Aston Medical School in Birmingham, United Kingdom, analyzed the data of 929,552 adults admitted to hospitals in England between 2000 and 2013.

These data were collected using the database of the Algorithm for Comorbidities, Associations, Length of Stay and Mortality (ACALM) study unit, which is a project that allows specialists to access and analyze large datasets.