New Study Shows Social Isolation is Tied to More CV Events and Death

May 28, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 29, 2020

According to new research presented in this article by Medscape, social isolation is associated with an increased risk of a cardiovascular event of more than 40%, and of all-cause mortality approaching 50%.

“These results are especially important in the current times of social isolation during the coronavirus crisis,” Janine Gronewold, PhD, University Hospital in Essen, Germany, said a press briefing.

Gronewold also commented that the mechanism by which social isolation may boost risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, or death isn’t clear, but other research has shown that loneliness or lack of contact with close friends and family can affect physical health.

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