A study led by the Yale School of Medicine, whose results are published in the American Journal of Cardiology, has just analyzed the possible complications faced by people who, after suffering a heart attack, lack help or family support. Among its conclusions, the following stand out: living alone after suffering a heart attack is associated with an increased risk of dying in the following four years, specifically 35% more possibilities.
On the other hand, the study also states that lack of help in the home is linked to a lower quality of life just one year after suffering this episode.
Living alone after suffering a heart attack is associated with an increased risk of dying in the following four years
And, as stated by the leader of this research, Emily Bucholz, social support after a cardiac episode of this type is essential for the patient: "special consideration must be given to ensure that patients who live alone receive an adequate social support from family, friends and neighbors to improve their recovery ".
Although this study could not prove that living alone causes premature death, the team noted the differences between people who lived alone and those who lived with others, such as gender, ethnicity, marital status and pet ownership. In the opinion of the cardiologist of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Minnesota), Sharonne Hayes, pointing out these differences is important because these differences, because they can affect the well-being or risk of death of these people.
The key could be in the differences in routines and habits between people who live alone and those who live with them. Thus, for example, almost a third of the subjects who participated in this study and lived accompanied had a healthy weight for their height, compared to 20 percent of those who lived alone. In addition, according to one of the researchers, people who live alone tend to be older and twice as likely to smoke. All this, added, can increase these complications after the heart attack.
Source: Reuters / EUROPA PRESS