07/18/2011 02:11 EDT | Updated 09/17/2011 05:12 EDT

Married Men Seek Care For Heart Attacks Sooner: Study


TORONTO - Researchers say men who are married or in common-law relationships seek medical care for a possible heart attack sooner than men who are single, divorced or widowed.

And they say getting treatment quicker pays off — married men have a lower risk of dying from a heart attack than their single counterparts.

Lead researcher Dr. Clare Atzema of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto says married men experiencing chest pain may get to hospital quicker because of their spouses.

She says that's because women tend to take on the caregiver role and urge their partners to seek care as soon as possible.

However, the study showed that women who were married or in common-law relationships did not see the same benefit from marriage in seeking faster treatment.

This study is published in Monday's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.