The skeptical cardiologist shed his skepticism about marriage today and tied the knot with his Eternal Fiancee’.
This decision was not based on the findings of a recent meta-analysis of 34 studies with more than two million participants that found that that compared with married people, those who were unmarried ( never married, widowed or divorced) were 42 percent more likely to have some form of cardiovascular disease and 16 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease.
No, I was not influenced by these observational data which show a 43% increase risk of coronary heart disease death and a 55% increased risk of death from stroke.
Headlines like this from Time magazine:
How Marriage Can Actually Protect Your Heart Health
had no bearing on my decision.
This skeptical cardiologist found the perfect woman for his skeptical ways,
And observations that unmarried patients have longer delays in seeking medical help which influences the timing and benefit of invasive cardiac procedures that reduce mortality played no role in this decision.
Neither did the prospect that a spouse would encourage a more healthy lifestyle and better adherence to treatment nor the buffering hypothesis which suggests that informational or emotional resources from a spouse promote adaptive behaviour and may reduce excessive neuroendocrine response to acute or chronic stressor.
Nope. It was pure and unadulterated love.