Love Your Heart: Understanding the Link Between Loneliness and Heart Health

Author : Sherrie Goldstein, MS

According to a study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, feelings of loneliness or social isolation may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular activities. Loneliness can increase inflammation, stress and unhealthy behaviors, all of which can change heart health. 

So, how can you protect your heart and emotional well-being?

  • Reach out to loved ones: Even if it feels hard, connect with friends and family and try to keep your relationships.  
  • Join a community: Find a group or activity that aligns with your interests, such as a book club, art class or games. 
  • Seek support: If you’re struggling with loneliness or your mental well-being, contact a therapist or your doctor. And if you are a Strive patient, we can help! Call 844.431.7226 to learn more. 
  • Take care of yourself: Engage in self-care activities that bring you joy. Go for a walk, read a new book, exercise or try something new that excites you!  

Remember, you don’t have to face loneliness alone. If you’re experiencing social isolation or heart health concerns, reach out to a health professional for help.  


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