Stroke and heart attack: increase due to loneliness and social isolation

Loneliness can negatively affect brain and heart health. It can lead to a 30% increased risk of stroke and heart attack in people who enjoy isolation from society. The researchers succeeded in proving this theory. Heart and brain problems are linked to disconnection from the social world.

The factors that most affect social connections are the quality of life, unsatisfactory family or work relationships, personal insecurities. The subjects most at risk are the elderly , but also citizens who are not yet fully included in society. In America, nearly a quarter of people aged 65 and over are socially isolated. Even young people are not saved, because it seems that after the Coronavirus, most of them have been affected by social isolation. In addition, even from mood disorders or sleep -related problems .

Another factor is that social isolation leads to a sedentary life . Thus the risks of various types of disorders, such as cardiovascular ones, increase. Social isolation and loneliness can also manifest themselves in socially active subjects and not only in those who are poorly integrated.


Individuals can lead relatively isolated lives and not feel alone and, conversely, people with many social contacts can still experience loneliness.

Crystal Wiley Cené, professor of clinical medicine at the University of California San Diego

Social isolation and loneliness are not dependent on each other, but have negative and risky consequences on human health.

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