Broken Heart Can Cause Death Says Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • January 24, 2012
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Broken Heart Can Cause Death Says Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Almost everyone suffers from a broken heart at some point or another in their life and knowing that you are not the only person to have done so is important. If after the death of a loved one, such as your spouse, the pain does not subside after a while, then it is important for you to seek counseling. Your grief can lead to you being physically ill and even though at first you may think that your life won’t ever be normal again, you should still get professional help.

Many times couples who have been married for years die a few months apart from each other. It is a very tragic situation, but with proper counseling, the partner that is surviving can still lead a happy and good life, and they should bear in mind all the other persons who are alive and still love them, especially their children and grand children. In such cases, a broken heart may bring a feeling of total loss, that in essence the survivor commits suicide.

Research done at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has shown that the risk of an individual suffering from heart attack is increased by at least 21 times in only the first day after the loss of a loved one.

Over a 5 year period, 2 thousand patients who had suffered from heart attacks were interviewed by these researchers, and questions were asked in order to find out what triggered events. The results were published in the “Circulation” journal and they reveal that the risk of getting heart attack is 8 times higher during the first week after the passing of a loved one. Although it declines slowly, the risk is increased for about 1 month. It also revealed that men who are married have better chances of surviving heart attacks.

Other studies done before have also proven that our health takes a downfall after someone close to you dies, but this is the first one which has discovered the “broken heart syndrome”. This increased risk is being associated by researchers with depression, anger, and anxiety feelings which come with their grief. Such feelings lead to an elevation in your blood pressure and heart rate, making it more likely for blood to clot and eventually leads to a heart attack. This is explained by Dr. Murray Mittleman, author of “10 Ways to Mend a Broken Heart”.

A loved ones death can cause so much pain emotionally that it eventually results in physical pain which takes the form of a broken heart.

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