This effect of chronic loneliness on the cardiovascular health of seniors identified by a study

This effect of chronic loneliness on the cardiovascular health of seniors identified by a study
This effect of chronic loneliness on the cardiovascular health of seniors identified by a study

In France, on average, 150,000 people suffer a stroke each year. This leads to more than 110,000 hospitalizations and 30,000 deaths, according to the Ministry of Labor, Health and Solidarity. Among the risk factors, we note smoking, high blood pressure, alcohol consumption and certain psychosocial factors. It is precisely on this last point that a group of American specialists carried out research.

Indeed, researchers from the University of Harvard School of Public Health, in the United States, looked at the effects of chronic loneliness on the risk of stroke. They found that chronic loneliness could “significantly increase” the risk of stroke in older people. Their results are published in the journal eClinicalMedicine.

Starting point for this study, previous research work which had “established a link between loneliness and an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases”. In this study, researchers questioned the impact of loneliness on the risk of stroke. To do this, experts analyzed data from 12,161 people enrolled in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Participants lived in the United States and were at least 50 years old at the start of the study.

The researchers analyzed the participants’ loneliness via a questionnaire. Part of the panel (…)

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