Can #HeartBreak Kill You?

The mind-body connection is as real as a heart attack, no joke. Scientists are realizing more and more how connected our emotions are to our overall well-being. With that in mind one might ask is it possible to die of heartbreak? The answer may not surprise you.

Studies have shown that spouses who grieve the loss of their husband or wife are understandably more prone to depression. Depression can give rise to inflammation in the body, which is the root-cause for many health conditions.

Back in 2017, “Psychology Today” wrote about this phenomenon deemed by the Mayo Clinic called broken heart syndrome  and may be caused by the heart’s reaction to a surge of stress hormones.

The malfunctioning in broken heart syndrome is due to electrical malfunctioning, not a heart attack. A heart attack is a blockage due to a clot, the heart continues to try and pump blood. Cardiac arrest is when there is a disruption in the electrical signaling for the heart to pump. The former is structural. The latter is a broken heart, literally.

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12 Responses to Can #HeartBreak Kill You?

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    “Previous research has shown that inflammation contributes to almost every disease in older adulthood,” notes lead author of the study, Chris Fagundes, an assistant professor of psychological sciences, in a statement . “We also know that depression is linked to higher levels of inflammation, and those who lose a spouse are at considerably higher risk of major depression, heart attack, stroke and premature mortality. However, this is the first study to confirm that grief — regardless of people’s levels of depressive symptoms — can promote inflammation, which in turn can cause negative health outcomes.”

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