You Can Die of a Broken Heart
Large study finds truth to the age-old theory
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 10, 2012 3:27 PM CST
You can die of a broken heart, a study suggests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The poets are right: It's possible to die of a broken heart, a study finds. The risk of a heart attack is 21 times higher the day after the loss of a loved one, say researchers who interviewed 2,000 subjects over 5 years. During the week after the death, the risk is 6 times greater than usual, and it stays higher than normal throughout the month. So "if a bereaved person is having symptoms like chest pain, they shouldn’t simply say, ‘Oh, I’m dealing with the stress right now’ and ignore it," a researcher tells the New York Times.

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jessicahappy123456
Jul 20, 2012 4:57 PM CDT
This article is amazing! I have seen alot of this...when a husband looses a wife he usually doesnt make it so long...love is so important..Reminds me of this song "Love is All Around" it just shows how important love really is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-KB9fnrZdc
Fondue
Jan 10, 2012 6:09 PM CST
What about an owner of a lonely heart?
Spudsy
Jan 10, 2012 4:56 PM CST
And how can you mend a broken heart? How can you stop the rain from falling down? How can you stop the sun from shining? What makes the world go round? How can you mend this broken man? How can a loser ever win? Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again