Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

Australia's Heart Research Foundation has just completed a major study looking into the physical effects of sudden grief brought on by the death of a loved one, and it turns out a person can die from a broken heart. Or more accurately, a person may die from the increase in blood pressure and heart rate and changes in the immune system suffered during mourning. People who had recently lost a spouse or child were six times more likely to have heart attacks in the first several months after the death. However, the elevated risk disappeared after about two years. Which just goes to prove another old adage: time heals all wounds. Well, time and medication. Mostly medication. More details here.

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