British researchers from the University of York have recently found that lonely people living in isolation could face a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. These findings came from analyzing previously published studies that included over 180,000 adults. From this group, about 4,600 had heart attacks or angina and over 3,000 suffered strokes.
The data showed that social isolation and loneliness were associated with a 29% increased heart attack or angina attack risk, as well as a 32% increased stroke risk. These findings show that heart disease and stroke prevention efforts could significantly benefit from taking loneliness and isolation into account.
These results were published in Heart on April 19, 2016.