American journal of epidemiology in a land mark analysis has found , spouses share the same profile of coronary risk factors .This is a huge finding , considering the fact that , genetic factors are not involved here . So , it is something to do with family diet ? domestic issues, sibling effect ?
It is well-known lipid profile of family members are comparable . There are many Indian families who have high basal triglycerides .Mind you, husband and wife is the least (Zero link) linked genetically for familial dyslipidemia ,still they often share a similar lipid profile
Related issues without answers !
When a spouse gets a coronary event what are the chances of other to develop an event ?
Any body’s guess
In this era of bi- polar family life, can spouse behavior /unrest be a coronary risk factor ?
Yes . No surprises here .Apart form passive domestic smoking which is a well established coronary risk factor , in our coronary care unit , an initial survey of acute coronary syndrome patients revealed , a recent quarrel with their spouses, was a potential trigger for ACS. Further analysis of these data is being done
Divorce and coronary events ?
These are hypothetical observations in few families we have come across .
- Forced divorce can be a definite coronary risk factor
- Consensual divorce is not .
- Women seeking divorce is more a risk for men than they inflict on women