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Science behind Broken Heart Syndrome says you can actually die of broken heart

Can someone really die of broken heart? Well, Science says so! As per a new study, broken heart grief is linked to cardiovascular illness and premature mortality.

India TV Lifestyle Desk Written by: India TV Lifestyle Desk
New Delhi Published on: October 29, 2018 18:47 IST
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Science behind Broken Heart Syndrome says you can actually die of broken heart

When we say that someone is a broken heart, we instantly think of a red heart drawing where the heart is in splits. However, this isn't the reality.

The reality is much worse for the person who is suffering from that phase. Extreme feeling of grief, annoyance, lack of confidence and whatnot. Earlier, it was said that broken heart can lead to many cardiovascular problems but in recent times, a study revealed that a person can actually die of a broken heart.

You might also have witness that in many cases, a person dies shortly after the death of their spouse. A new study explains the science behind such grief stricken deaths. But before we get into it, let us tell you that this phenomenon is often referred to as Broken Heart Syndrome, or is also know as Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy.

According to the findings, in three months period followed by the death of their spouses, widows and widowers are more likely to exhibit risk factors linked to cardiovascular illness and premature mortality.

The study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, found that in the initial months after the loss of a spouse, the widowed people show higher levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (immune markers that indicate inflammation in the bloodstream), as well as lower heart rate variability (HRV), compared to non-bereaved individuals from same age group, sex and body mass index. Such conditions lead to some potentially deadly diseases that affect both physical and mental health.

Hence, science proved that a broken heart can be so fatal that people might succumb to its grief.

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