Staying Social May Control Hypertension

Research shows that feelings of loneliness can contribute to high blood pressure.

Lonely people are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure in later life, according to a study published in the March issue of Psychology and Aging. Researchers found that chronic feelings of loneliness push up blood pressure (BP) over time. Such a rise can impact cardiovascular health, says psychiatrist Leo Pozuelo, MD, associate director of Cleveland Clinics Bakken Heart-Brain Institute. "High BP is a key contributor to heart disease," he says.
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