Staying Social May Control Hypertension

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

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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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