Surgery Survival and Marriage

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Marriage may increase your odds of surviving a major operation.

That’s according to a new University of Pennsylvania study of more than 1,500 adults who underwent cardiac surgery.

Patients who were divorced, separated or widowed were 40-percent more likely to die or develop a new disability than those who were married.

Researchers suggest spouses provide extra support and help with recovery.

These results could be useful for counseling patients and identifying at-risk groups that may benefit from further interventions aimed at improving recovery.

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