Social isolation, loneliness increase risk for heart failure

Studies have shown that social isolation and loneliness are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease, but less has been known about their specific connection with heart failure. A new study published in JACC: Heart Failure shows that both social isolation and loneliness are associated with higher rates of heart failure but whether or not a person feels lonely is more important in determining risk than if they are actually alone.

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Social disconnection can be classified into two different, but connected, components.  “Social isolation” refers to being objectively alone or having infrequent social connections, while “loneliness” is defined as a painful feeling caused when someone’s actual level of social interaction is less than they would like it to be.

For the study, researchers looked at data from the UK Biobank study, which followed population health outcomes over 12 years and assessed psychosocial factors like social isolation and loneliness through self-reported questionnaires. Researchers looked at health outcomes for a population of more than 400,000 middle-aged and older adults. Previous studies have been inconclusive, with inconsistent results and have used different measurements for assessing social isolation and loneliness, said Jihui Zhang, MD, PhD, a researcher at Guangzhou Medical University in Guangzhou, China, and senior author of the study.


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2 responses to “Social isolation, loneliness increase risk for heart failure

  1. If you are alone, no one support you that is terrible things. Main things is ability to moving, if we are moving then things are not so bad, go to the nearest park, lake, river or forest here you 100% not alone both physically and mentality. Small exercising like simple walking or easy moving on chair looking around already positive things.

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  2. I recall an article from many years ago. The tile: Lonely in a Crowd.
    Loneliness as the lack of meaningful social connection.


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