Social connections reduce risk of heart attack, stroke: DAK (N)

Social connections reduce risk of heart attack, stroke: DAK (N)

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) led by Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan  on Thursday said that social connections reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.

In a statement here Dr Nisar said, “If you are connected to your neighbors, have strong family ties and are involved in your community, you have less chances of getting a heart attack or stroke.”

 Quoting a study, he said people who were less connected to others were 29 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 32 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who had more social interactions and relationships. “That means about a third of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented by strong social ties.”

 Dr Nisar said social interactions help to buffer the damaging effects of stress which exposes the body to high levels of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that lead to clogging of blood vessels.  Stress makes other risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol worse,” he said adding that “People who have lot of stress smoke and choose other unhealthy ways to deal with stress which in turn heighten the risk for a coronary or a brain event,” he said.