Luci Varon lives in Seattle.

1 in 7 American adults live alone

Social isolation is, post-Corona, part of our lives.

What is atherothrombosis?

Atherothrombosis is the major cause of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and cardiovascular death.

If you are age 40 to 60 and live alone, your CV system is at high risk

The prevalence of living alone increases with age. Among participants aged 45 to 65 years, 66 to 80 years, and older than 80 years, 13.6%, 19.8%, and 34.6%, were living alone, respectively.

Can social networking mitigate the risk of living alone?

With the ubiquity of Facebook, Twitter and social media sites like stumbleupon.com, it is natural to ask — does social networking for healthcare applications can mitigate the sense of isolation and therefore mitigate CV risk factors by connecting people who live alone with other people?

Social networks detach people from meaningful interactions with one another

In her book, “Alone Together” Sherry Turkle says that social networks are more like mutual isolation networks that detach people from meaningful interactions with one another and make them less human. Listen to her talk on TED. It’s fascinating and may change the way you think about phones and social media.

We expect more from technology and less from each other

CV risk for people living at home is real but it cannot be mitigated by logging on to Facebook or tweeting or exchanging messages on a patientslikeme.com forum. The little “sips” of conversation we have on social media are not a substitute for a real meeting or phone call and a complete conversation between two people.

Digital technology enables real interactions with real primary care teams.

People who are at risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease need connections with real people who are also healthcare providers (and not just meaningful users tapping data into their Federally approved EHR systems…).

I am a physicist by training, serious amateur musician and everyday biker. Working in cybersecurity and AI-driven monitoring of clinical trials.

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