Healio (3/17, Vecchione) reports, “Social isolation appeared to have little direct impact on the risk for developing a first cardiac event or stroke, but greatly increased the risk that a first CV event would be fatal,” investigators concluded after analyzing data from “938,558 participants from the Million Women Study and from the UK Biobank (mean age, 63 years; 56% women in UK Biobank).” The research team posited that “the absence of immediate help in responding to an acute MI or stroke was a probable explanation for the higher fatality rate in people with social isolation.” The findings were published online in The Lancet Public Health. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)