Social isolation and loneliness throughout life can significantly increase a person's risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke - and with more people in America lonely than ever experts fear their could be a surge in these cases in the future.
A scientific statement published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association states that social isolation and loneliness are linked to a 30 percent jump in heart disease and stroke risk.
While a lack of social interactions is linked with all kinds of health issues, it's strongest link could be to cardiovascular problems. The added stress that could often come with isolation can add an unneeded load to the body and cause harm.
Experts warn that two groups in particular are at risk. Elderly Americans - who through retirement and widowhood often end up alone - and generation Z, a group described as the loneliest generation ever. The long-term loneliness of Gen Z is particular poses significant future health concerns.