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Divorce leaves an indelible mark on your finances, your social life, and your mental health — but did you know that it can also affect your physical health?

While the physical impact of divorce is largely attributed to increased stress, it can spell big trouble for your health on both a short and long-term basis — as evidenced by multiple studies. A few of the most alarming effects are outlined below:

Increased Risk of Heart Attack

Divorce can greatly harm your heart health, particularly if you’re already prone to cardiac issues — or if you’re female. A study conducted by Duke University reveals that men face a notably increased risk of heart attack after two or more divorces, whereas women are more likely to suffer a heart attack after just one divorce.


It’s no secret that sleepless nights accompany relationship problems, but an alarming University of Arizona study published in the journal Health Psychology suggests that insomnia may continue long after your divorce has been finalized. This inability to fall and stay asleep may prompt a significant spike in blood pressure, which, in turn, could lead to issues with heart health.

Weaker Immune System

Not only does divorce leave you vulnerable to heart problems, it may also compromise your body’s ability to fight off disease. Unfortunately, immune system issues don’t just exist for the adults involved in divorce; a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that the children of divorce are more vulnerable to illness and infection.

Most of the issues outlined above are closely related to stress. With proper legal assistance, you can keep divorce-related stress — and associated health conditions — to a minimum. Let the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. ease the burden of divorce; reach out today to learn more about your legal options.