A new study that comes from Dr. Sunil Shah and colleagues from St. George University in London shows that when you lose someone that you love you are at a higher risk for having a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack. Your risk in fact will double. This takes the term “broken hearted” to a whole new level. Grieving the loss of a loved one can actually affect your heart health.
The study consisted of 60 people who had lost their partners recently. They were studied as well as a control group of people who had not recently lost anyone. They compare the cardiovascular health of the two different groups. They found that over a period of a month after their partner died, the living partner was twice as likely to suffer from a fatal heart attack or stroke as opposed to those who hadn’t lost anyone. The researchers explained that this can be due to the fact that when you are grieving biological factor such as heart rate, blood pressure, and blood clotting can change drastically.
This study was done as part of a much larger study that is looking into aging and early mortality rates. The University of Chicago conducted a study that showed that people who were experiencing loneliness or loss had a 14% higher chance of dying prematurely in older people. A study from Ohio State University found that your immune system may weaken if you are experiencing extreme loneliness.
These studies can possibly help people who are suffering from a great loss to get the treatment or preventive measures that they need so that they don’t experience any of these cardiovascular events.