Heart disease causes the death of more women than any other disease.

Many factors which predispose a woman to heart disease are not under her control, such as gender and genetics.

So it makes sense to do everything you can to lower the risk factors that are under your control.

Not surprisingly to any woman who has ever been there, being in a marriage that is strained increases your risks for heat disease in women. A difficult marriage can break your heart in more ways than one.

The high levels of stress that a woman is under, when dealing with marital conflict and discord, can cause depression and high blood pressure.heart disease

A cluster of symptoms—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, abnormal blood sugar— goes by the name of metabolic syndrome, and it significantly increases a woman’s risk of heart disease.

Studying couples who had been married more than 20 years, researchers found higher rates of metabolic syndrome in the wives, but not in the husbands.

Researchers warn that marital strife is not the only risk factor most women face for heart disease. While a visit or two to the marital counselor may help, a woman must consider this as just one step in improving her overall health.