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How Grief Can Break Your Heart

How Grief Can Break Your Heart

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  • Losing a significant person in your life raises your risk of having a heart attack the next day by 21 times, and in the following week by 6 times, new research shows
  • The abrupt increase in risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack following extreme stress may be related to the flood of stress hormones your body is exposed to
  • Stress cardiomyopathy, aka “broken heart syndrome,” which causes many of the same symptoms as a heart attack, is also known to occur shortly following extreme emotional stress
  • If you’re currently grieving or going through any type of emotional stress, it’s important to take steps to support positive mental health, not only for your mind but also for your body

By Dr. Mercola

Dying from a broken heart may seem more like a scene from a Shakespearean drama than reality, but extreme grief really can "break" your heart.

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