Marriage can raise your blood pressure.

Married couples have high blood pressure

Married couples have high blood pressure

New findings have revealed that couples who have tied the knot are more likely to have hypertension - a condition that can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke if it is not treated.

US researchers discovered that the danger was nine per cent higher if people were married after carrying out analysis on husbands and wives across the world and have recommended that doctors provide joint screening and treatment programmes so couples can try and resolve the problem together.

Bethany Barone Gibbs, associate professor at the School of Public Health at West Virginia University, said: "If your spouse has hypertension, you are more likely to have hypertension, too.

"Following this idea, making lifestyle changes, such as being more active, reducing stress or eating a healthier diet, can all reduce blood pressure."