Social isolation, loneliness associated with higher risks of heart attack and stroke: science review – CTV

Aug. 5, 2022

Loneliness can take a literal toll on the heart according to a new scientific statement, with researchers finding that social isolation was associated across numerous studies with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, among other adverse health outcomes.

The statement, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, assessed all of the available scientific literature regarding social isolation in the context of cardiovascular and brain health in order to provide a broad picture of what the research points to.

Researchers noted that as this is a review of a large number of studies, the aim was not to prove or address a specific research question, but to summarize the scope and nature of the studies.

“Over four decades of research has clearly demonstrated that social isolation and loneliness are both associated with adverse health outcomes,” Dr. Crystal Wiley Cené, chair of the writing group for the scientific statement, and professor of clinical medicine at the University of California San Diego Health, said in a press release. “Given the prevalence of social disconnectedness across the U.S., the public health impact is quite significant.”

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/social-isolation-loneliness-associated-with-higher-risks-of-heart-attack-and-stroke-science-review-1.6015266

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