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Loneliness is associated with higher risk of stroke and heart disease, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2269 (Published 21 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2269
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Loneliness and isolation are associated with a 30% higher risk of having a stroke or developing coronary heart disease, shows a review of available evidence that found a similar effect to that of other recognised risk factors such as anxiety or having a stressful job.1

The negative effect of a lack of social interaction and relationships on morbidity is widely …

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