Why An Empty Social Calendar May Increase Your Risk Of Heart Attack By 29 Percent

It’s the opposite of wild and crazy, but it still puts your heart at risk

Social isolation

Your empty social calendar could be a real heartbreaker: Spending too much time alone can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, according to newresearch from the University of York.

The researchers crunched the data from 19 studies that looked at loneliness and isolation, and the subsequent health risks.

Each study identified what qualified as “loneliness” or “isolation” in different ways. Some asked participants to rate how alone they felt in the past day or week. Other research asked participants to describe the strength and availability of their friendships.

They discovered that people who were less connected to others were 29 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 32 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who had more social interactions and relationships.

 

Source by menshealth

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