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At times, your heart can sometimes respond back to your emotional state very dramatically. For instance, when the heartbreak causes a sudden intense pain in the chest, called as the Broken Heart Syndrome, the situation can worsen and lead to a severe heart muscle failure, even though the heart is otherwise in a healthy state.

The new study, presented at the EuroHeartCare 2018 in the last weekend, shows that people who are lonely have a higher risk of dying due to a heart complication.

Anne Vinnggaard Christensen, the lead author of the study and a PhD student collected data from around 13,000 people having heart problems based on their mental as well as physical health, smoking habits, friendships as well as lifestyle. The patients were asked to fill up a questionnaire with questions based on all these aspects.

The findings of the study showed that both men and women had a high risk of dying due to loneliness. The men and women who felt lonely had three times higher chances of being depressed or anxious. The factors leading to these feelings could be poor lifestyle quality; however, the results strongly support the fact that loneliness is the major culprit.

Christensen said that in today’s world, loneliness is present on a widespread scale and so the healthcare providers should take a note of this when assessing the risk.

This latest study supports an earlier study which has shown how loneliness can have a serious impact on our health. For instance, a study showed how having a low social support can have a similar health risk equal to smoking 15 cigarettes in a day.

Notably, whatever the reasons may be, it is clear on how loneliness can be bad for our mental and physical health. If we do not lead a fulfilling social life as we desire then the difficult moments in our life can become all the more harder.


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