Polygamous Men Are Four Times More Likely To Get Heart Disease

Heart disease is dangerous for any man. For polygamous men, it’s four times more so.

The Business Standard is reporting that a new heart disease study from the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, headed up by Dr. Amin Daoulah, have discovered that men who live a polygamist lifestyle are four times more likely to suffer from heart disease than monogamous men.

Talk about a heavy heart.

The heart disease study looked at any possible links between the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) and the number of wives a man has. The study also included men who were admitted for angioplasty procedures because of heart disease in 5 hospitals in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 687 men who participated in the heart disease study had an average age of 59 years, 56 percent suffered from a form of diabetes, 57 percent suffered from hypertension, and 45 percent suffered from CAD. 68 percent had one wife, 19 percent had two wives, 10 percent had three wives, and three percent had four or more. The number of wives dictated significant differences. Men with more than one wife tend to be older, more financially secure, live in rural areas and have a history of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

According to Newsweek, this heart disease study was presented last Wednesday at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The heart disease occurs when cholesterol, or another form of inflammation, blocks the blood flow to the heart.

“We found an association between an increasing number of wives and the severity and number of coronary blockages,” said Dr. Daoulah. “This could be because the need to provide and maintain separate households multiplies the financial burden and emotional expense. Each household must be treated fairly and equally, and it seems likely that the stress of doing that for several spouses and possibly several families of children is considerable.”

Dr. Daoulah explains that husbands with more than one wife need extra support, and though the people of Saudi Arabia and UAE are government-supported, additional income becomes necessary, adding more pressure to the family dynamic.

“They may therefore take on extra employment or have the added pressure of traveling daily to urban areas for higher paid work,” as polygamy is more common in rural areas, he said.

The study’s results only show a correlation, and not a causation, of heard disease, or CAD. Differences in diet, genetic background, physical activity and level of stress may also contribute to heart disease or CAD.

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