Loneliness can cause heart problems

2 February 2011

Loneliness can be particularly damaging to older people's cardiovascular health and the issue is now being tackled by a number of leading charities in the UK.

Independent Age, Age UK Oxfordshire, Counsel and Care and WRVS have joined forces to launch the Campaign to End Loneliness. Funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the campaign claims that loneliness is a "hidden killer" and can cause physical, as well as emotional, problems.

The charities hope that the initiative will raise awareness of the plight of older people - particularly those who have little or no contact with the outside world.

"Loneliness adversely affects the immune and cardiovascular systems" and can result in hugely detrimental lifestyle choices - such as poor diet and heavy drinking," campaign director Laura Ferguson said.

She added: "The problems of loneliness and isolation need to be put on an equal footing with any other condition associated with ageing."

The Campaign to End Loneliness claims that 12 per cent of older people feel trapped in their own homes.

1 Campaign to End Loneliness - Connections in Older Age". Campaigntoendloneliness.org. Tuesday, February 1st 2011.

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...



© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)