Unmarried Cardiac Surgery Patients Have Worse Outcomes

Unmarried Cardiac Surgery Patients Have Worse Outcomes

New Study Finds 40% Higher Odds of Death and Disability

Cardiac surgery patients who were not married had about 40% greater odds of dying or developing a new disability during the next two years than married cardiac patients, according to a new study.


Mark Neuman and Rachel Werner of Penn Medicine

Published in  JAMA Surgery, the study, conducted by Mark Neuman and Rachel Werner of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, analyzed the outcomes of 1,576 cardiac surgery patients over 50 years old. In that group, 65% were married, 12% were divorced or separated, 21% were widowed and 2% had never been married.

Social supports
The authors noted that their findings, "extend prior work suggesting postoperative survival advantages for married people and may relate to the role of social supports in influencing patient's choices of hospitals and their self care."

Neuman, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and an LDI Senior Fellow; Werner, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief for Research of the Division of General Medicine at Penn's Perelman School, and an LDI Senior Fellow.

Global media pickup
This study has been picked up by major media outlets across the U.S. as well as elsewhere in the world, including The New York Times,  CBS News,  ABC News,  NBC,  Fox News,   CNN,  ReutersTime,  US News & World ReportLive ScienceMedical News Today,  NYC TodayVoice of AmericaYahoo News,  Philadelphia InquirerUK Daily MailUK Mirror,  UK Telegraph,  Irish Mirror (Ireland), France's Global Post,  Sky News (Australia)New Indian Express (India)Malaysian DigestMalay Mail, The Malaysian Insider,   Delhi Daily News, and iAfrica News