Staggering new evidence during a study conducted by Beth Israel Medical Center has now shown that your heart attack risk increases by up to 21 times after the first 24 hours of losing someone. Grief tends to bring on natural feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress which all can heighten the risk of your chance of developing heart-related conditions, especially when the emotions first appear with a higher level of intensity after the initial loss.
- The loss of a loved one poses scientifically measurable health hazards, such as a 21-fold increase in the likelihood of a heart attack during the first 24 hours after a loss.
- Although the risk decreases after the first 24 hours, it usually remains measurably elevated for a month.
- The cause of “broken heart” deaths probably involves the impact of stress, anxiety and shock on the nervous and cardiovascular systems, as these can sharply elevate the pulse, blood pressure and other
“Dying of a broken heart may actually be more real than we think. Because new research has shown that heartbreak is a real occurrence, named “broken heart syndrome,” and happens after the loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship. And it can literally kill you.”