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"Marriage, and having a spouse at home, is likely to offer emotional and physical support on a number of levels ranging from encouraging patients to live healthier lifestyles, helping them to cope with the condition and helping them to comply to their medical treatments," lead author Paul Carter said in a statement. "Our findings suggest that marriage is one way that patients can receive support to successfully control their risk factors for heart disease, and ultimately survive with them."
Scientists suggested that doctors provide necessary support to patients who are at risk for heart disease by giving their spouse, friends or family the proper tools to help with recovery. They also encouraged holistic treatments, support groups and rehabilitation courses.
"It's important that patients with these dangerous, but preventable, risk factors follow the lifestyle and medication advice of their doctors,” Carter said, “to limit this risk, and social support networks are vital in doing so.”
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