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A Lonely Heart Poses a Big Health Risk

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 — People with heart failure who are socially isolated are more likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely than those who feel connected to others, new research suggests.
The study authors said screening heart failure patients to identify those who lack social support might help to improve outcomes.
Previous studies have shown that social isolation may increase the risk of depression and anxiety. For the latest study, researchers examined the effects of isolation on risk of death and use of medical care.
The investigators asked nearly 1,700 heart failure patients if they were lonely or if they felt socially isolated. The participants, who lived in southeastern Minnesota, had an average age of 73 years. Most were white and slightly more than half were…
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