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Social isolation can trigger heart ailments, stroke: Experts

Social isolation can cause heart ailments and stroke, a recent research has revealed.

A research conducted by University of York, the University of Liverpool and the Newcastle University says that a person, who is lonely and socially isolated, can catch heart related diseases or stroke. Researchers from these universities have examined 23 relevant studies involving more than 1,81,000 adults and found that among these 4,628 were suffering from coronary heart diseases and around 3,002 had suffered strokes.

On the basis of the research they found that loneliness and isolation can cause coronary heart diseases among 29 per cent of the population while risks of strokes are found among 32 per cent of people.

National Academy of Confronting Multidisciplinary Education organised a seminar “Social Isolation can also trigger Cardiac Diseases & Social Media has made us lethargic” at Press Club on Wednesday in which varied aspects were discussed. Renowned doctors including Dr Sukumar Mukherjee (Medicine), Dr Siddharth Sarangi (Advance Heart Failure Clinic BM BIRLA), Dr Goutam Mitra (Clinical Psychologist), Dr Parthasarathi Nandi (Psychologist) were in the programme.

According to the doctors tackling loneliness and isolation may be a valuable addition towards preventing the coronary heart diseases and strokes. Health practitioners have also an important role to play in acknowledging the importance of social relations to the patients. The doctors should be aware if their patients were suffering from loneliness and they must assess if the patients are at risk of catching the disease. They should inform the patients of the importance of social interaction as a part of the healthy lifestyle.

According to the research, more than one million people aged over 65 are believed to be suffering from loneliness. Social isolation and loneliness is a serious condition that can severely affect a person’s mental and physical well being. Loneliness is an issue that needs urgent attention of the society. Lonely older people are most likely to suffer such problems. The doctors have also observed that random using of mobile phones and excessive involvement in social media can also cause social isolation.
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