Men prone to heart attacks should thank their lucky stars if they have a nagging wife. A new Canadian study shows that married men get treatment more quickly for heart attacks than their single counterparts because they arrive at the ER sooner — 30 minutes quicker, in fact. Why?
Women are known to push their husbands to go to the hospital if something’s wrong, but their presence can be perceived as well.
“Wives are more likely to take the caregiver role and advise their husbands to go to the E.R.,” said Dr. Clare L. Atzema, the lead author and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Toronto. “But as my husband put it, even if I wasn’t there telling him to go to the hospital, he’d hear my voice telling him to do so. Even when they’re not there, women have a pronounced effect.”
There was no difference for single or married women, so, ladies, we’re on our own.
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