Nov 7, 2019
A Danish study just published in the British Medical Journal shows that cardiac patients who describe themselves as lonely are 3 times more likely to die from any cause. Lonely men were 40% more likely to experience a repeat cardiac illness within one year after an initial event.
The researchers studied more than 13,400 subjects with coronary disease, rhythm problems, valve disease, and heart failure. Loneliness and living alone are associated with significantly poorer recovery from all forms of heart disease.
If you have heart disease or know someone that does, surround yourself or them with caring and supportive family and friends. The best medicines and surgery may fail due to lack of love.
Anne Vinggaard Christensen, Knud Juel, Ola Ekholm, Lars Thrysøe, Charlotte Brun Thorup, Britt Borregaard, Rikke Elmose Mols, Trine Bernholdt Rasmussen, Selina Kikkenborg Berg. Significantly increased risk of all-cause mortality among cardiac patients feeling lonely. Heart, 2019; heartjnl-2019-315460 DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2019-315460