Heartbreak Increases Heart Attack RiskBy
Mourning the loss of a loved one increases your chance of a fatal heart attack by six-fold. A sudden flood of stress hormones is believed to be behind the grief-induced heartache, a condition that earlier studies have found is more likely to affect women.
These physical changes occurred immediately after a profound loss. According to a Heart Foundation study, surviving spouses or loved ones were found to have higher blood pressure, increased heart rates and changes to their immune system that increased the risk of a heart attack. Leaving this study to surmise that grieving people were at a significantly higher risk of heart problems.
Of the 160 people in this study, half were mourning the loss of a spouse or child, and their risk of a heart attack increased by six-times. This additional heart attack risk began to subside after six months and leveled out after two years.
This study seems to proof that grieving people were at a significantly higher risk of a heart attack and gave us potential proof that you can indeed die from a broken heart.