A Broken Heart is Bad for the Heart

As Valentine’s is approaching, let us talk about heart matters. We talk about February as the month of love, but a lot of people are lonely at this time because they have lost a loved one because of one reason or another.

Now, does my title make sense? Yes, it sure does. Having a broken heart is more than just having the feelings affected. It does physically affect the heart. So don’t make this a laughing matter–this is serious business.

According to a medical article published in “Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association”, the risk of a heart attack is much higher after the loss of a loved one. Bereavement is such a trigger that elevates the risk for several weeks after the loss. Read this: The day the loved one dies, the risk of a heart attack occurring is twenty one times higher.

With this finding, the article warns family and friends to help the bereaved person cope with the loss of his or her loved one. They have to continually look for signs of heart failure as well as ensure that they help the person relax. If the person is already on medication, this should not be missed.

Preventive cardiologist and epidemiologist Murray Mittleman, M.D., Dr.P.H. of Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said

“Caretakers, healthcare providers, and the bereaved themselves need to recognize they are in a period of heightened risk in the days and weeks after hearing of someone close dying.”

Mittleman is also connected with the Public Health’s epidemiology department in Boston, Massachusetts.

The article was based on the study conducted on 2000 adult heart attack survivors. The risk of a heart problem declines over the first month of loss however, the risk remained six times than the normal average during the first week after the loss.

This is the first study that focused on the effects of emotions and events to the heart.

The broken heart syndrome had long been identified but it was not really thought to produce health problems–up until now.

Wow, that is something about a broken heart.

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