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Study Shows Single People Have Higher Risk of Heart Failure

A new research has shown that unmarried patients who have suffered from heart failure are not confident in managing their illnesses as compared to their married counterparts. 

According to a study by the European Society of Cardiology, the fact appears to be the contributing factor to lower survival rates for unmarried people. 

A new research has shown that unmarried patients who have suffered from heart failure are not confident in managing their illnesses like their marriage counterparts.

Dr Fabian Kerwagen of the Comprehensive Heart Failure Center at the University Hospital Wurzburg in Germany; 

“Spouses may assist with drug adherence, provide encouragement and help with developing healthier behaviours, all of which could affect longevity 

“We found that unmarried patients exhibited fewer social interactions than married patients and lacked the confidence to manage their heart failure. We are exploring, whether these factors could also partially explain the link with survival.”  

The study came from 1,022 patients hospitalised between 2004 and 2007 for heart failure.

Of 1,008 patients, 633 were married while 375 were unmarried; including 195 widowed, 96 never married and 84 separated or divorced. 

An hospital in Germany PHOTO/COURTESY

Elsewhere, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB)  has warned Kenyans against regular use of Diclofenac as a painkiller.  

PPB CEO Fred Siyoi says prolonged use of the drug without a description may lead to heart attack or stroke. 

“Use of diclofenac is no longer recommended for patients with a history of heart failure or circulatory problems that restrict blood flow to their limbs,” Siyoi said.   

He said that although its benefits are greater than it’s risks, the drug is associated with an increased risk of blood clots in the arteries.

“There is a small risk of heart attack or stroke in patients taking systematic diclofenac regularly, especially at high doses of 150mg daily and for long periods,” Siyoi added. 

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Diclofenac is used to relieve pain as well as swelling and joint stiffness caused by arthritis.

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