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Are you lonesome tonight?

Being lonely is bad for the heart – literally.

It may also be a strong predictor of premature death, according to research by Anne Vinggaard , a PhD student at the Heart Centre of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.

She studied 13,463 patients with various heart diseases who filled in a questionnaire between 2013-2014, asking them about their sense of loneliness.

Loneliness was associated with a doubled mortality risk in women and nearly doubled risk in men. Both men and women who felt lonely were three times more likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression, and had a significantly lower quality of life than those who did not feel lonely.