Being married has been linked to better rates of survival but it's not all doom and gloom if you are single.
It appears that having someone special in your life is what's important, rather than simply getting hitched, and that person could be a friend, family member or anyone else who gives you the drive to look after yourself.
To me, the most important thing to note from this article is that the die is not always cast irrespective of what we do - how we live our lives and look after ourselves has a huge impact on our health.
Dr Carter said: "We need to unpick the underlying reasons a bit more, but it appears there's something about being married that is protective, not only in patients with heart disease but also those with heart disease risk factors. "We're not saying that everyone should get married though. "We need to replicate the positive effects of marriage and use friends, family and social support networks in the same way." Dr Mike Knapton, of the British Heart Foundation, said: "The take-home message is that our social interactions, as well as medical risk factors such as high blood pressure, are important determinants of both our health and wellbeing. "Whether you are married or not, if you have any of the main risk factors for heart disease, then you can call upon loved ones to help you to manage them."