New Study Reports Link between Loneliness and Cardiovascular Disorders

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According to the researchers of Copenhagen University Hospital, loneliness can lead to heart diseases and even lead to premature deaths.

Majority of population from the U.S suffer from loneliness accounting for around 60 million people in the country. Around 2% of the people have no one with whom they can spend time or share important issues of daily life. Researches from the Copenhagen University Hospital reported link between linked loneliness and several heart problems. The study was published at Euro Heart Care on July 9, 2018.

The study analyzed the data from April 2013 to April 2014, provided by the national registers linked with DenHeart survey.  Around 13 thousand cases with ischaemic heart disease, arrhythmia, and heart failure were part of the study. The goal of the study was to establish a relation between poor social interactions and the diseases. Social interactions were measured using the data of living alone or not and survey queries about feeling lonely. Loneliness resulted in poor outcomes in all patients regardless of their type of heart disease, and even after adjusting for age, level of education, other diseases, body-mass index, smoking, and alcohol intake.

The mortality rate in women who felt lonely was double than men. Concentration of cortisol levels in the body leads to symptoms of anxiety and depression. Loneliness can be a fatal condition and is associated with risk of heart stroke as blood pressure and cholesterol levels increase. Extreme cases of loneliness can result into suicide. Therapy is the most common method to treat loneliness. It tries to understand the reasons behind the state of the patient. Group therapy is also recommended to increase social interactions amongst patients. Anti-depressants are also administered as a stand-alone treatment.

 

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