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Study: Heart disease risk higher for people with spouses in ICU
Brian P. Dunleavy
United Press International (UPI )
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Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Having a spouse in a hospital intensive care unit increases a person's risk for a heart attack or cardiac-related hospitalization, according to a study published Monday in the journal Circulation.
The analysis of health outcomes for more than 1 million married couples found that those with a spouse in the ICU were 27% more likely to be admitted to the hospital with some form of heart disease than those whose spouses were healthy, the data showed.
They also are at slightly higher risk for being diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, the researchers said.
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