Partners of ICU Patients More Likely to Be Hospitalized for Heart Problems

Partners of ICU Patients More Likely to Be Hospitalized for Heart Problems

Spouses with a husband or wife in the intensive care unit (ICU) routinely experience extreme stress and worry. What’s more, such medical emergencies can also raise these individuals’ risk of having a heart attack or other cardiovascular event that require hospitalization, suggest findings from a study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Results showed that couples with a husband or wife in the ICU were more likely to experience chest pain, heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other cardiovascular illnesses compared with those who did not have a spouse in the ICU. In addition, these partners were also at greater risk for hospitalization for heart disease and severe cardiac events. For related coverage, read “Black Cardiac Patients More Likely to Die” and “Almost Half of Americans Don’t Recognize Heart Attack Symptoms.”

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