Broken Heart Syndrome Is a Very Real Danger of Losing Love


broken heartYou know all those stories you hear about one member of a long-time couple dying, and then the other one dying very shortly thereafter? Well, a new study may explain a thing or two about why. Turns out you can literally die of a broken heart. Yes, really. Broken-heart syndrome is no myth.

A study published this week in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, found that people are at a significantly higher risk of having a heart attack after someone they love dies.

Their risk of a heart attack is 21 times higher than normal the day after the loved one's death, and six times higher than normal in the first week. It remains elevated for about a month, though it does return to normal over time.

Though these findings constitute a breakthrough, they're really not very surprising.
Anyone who has had their heart broken or lost someone close to them knows that loss takes a physical toll on our bodies. Depression, anger, and anxiety can elevate our blood pressure and stress our hearts. But more than that, we often forget to take care of ourselves. We don't eat. We can't sleep. And exercise? Forget it. We're so absorbed in our grief that our own health becomes sorely neglected. Danger signs, well, we just ignore them.

This study should seve as a reminder that, when we lose someone close to us (whether the loss comes via death or breakup, which was not a focus of the study, but still …), we need to make an extra effort to take care of ourselves. It's important to us, and to the loved ones still in our lives.

What do you think of the study's conclusion that broken-heart syndrome is real?


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emotional health, general health


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godde... goddess99

I believe that it is real. Always have.

mjima... mjimaging

Interesting conclusion. I guess it's possible.

starr... starrsitter

I don't think this is a new realization.  My grandmother died in 1985 shortly after the death of my uncle (her youngest) in a car-train collision.  The doctors then told my family that it was the stress of his death that led to her death.

space... spacebunny82

My grandparents were married for about 60 yrs and the same day that my grandma died, my grandpa had a heart attack. The only thing that kept him alive was the pace maker that was already in his chest. He developed congested heart failure and his alztimers and demtia was multipled by like 500. He didnt remember that she had passed and kept asking about her and we kept having to remind him, which was VERY sad. He only lived 2 and 1/2 months after she died and that was because we moved him in with us and made sure he ate and took all his meds.  Im postive that Broken Heart Syndrome is real :(

LOswa... LOswald0314

I believe it. My great grandparents died 2 months apart.

allie... alliesmom112

I believe it. My grandparents were married for 60+ years my grandpa died and within 6 months my grandma also passed away. They had been together since they were young teens.

Kayla... KaylaMillar

Interesting. I believe it

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