Health Alert: Married heart patients have better survival rates

In today's Health Alert, we learn married heart patients have better survival rates, binge watching TV is bad for older people and how to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Married heart patients have better survival rates by almost 14 percent over single or divorced patients. 

It is also a plus in patients with the three biggest risk factors for heart disease:  high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Marriage, having a loved one at home, is likely to offer emotional and physical support including encouraging patients to live healthier lifestyles, ease stress, and getting them to follow doctor's orders. 

"Sitting and binge watching TV for long periods, especially in the evening, is one of the most dangerous things older people can do.

According to the George Washington University study, older people who watched more than five hours of TV per day and were very sedentary - increased their risk of a walking disability by three-fold.

And many of you are wondering how you can help people impacted by Harvey, besides money,
hospitals need blood.

RELATED: Texas Cares: Donate to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Most in demand: type O-positive. Give at an area blood bank and help save lives.

 

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