Here's an interesting study I read about on Yahoo. According to a long-term study from the American Heart Association, you really can die from a broken heart!
HEALING - Art print ( mending a broken heart ) by shirae
Maybe you've heard stories of spouses dying within days of each other from a heart attack, or the death of a mother after her child passes away? (I personally haven't heard of these occurrences through the family/friends grapevine, but maybe you have). Well, this report suggests that a grieving person is 21 times more likely to have a heart attack right after the death of a loved one.
Rose photograph by NomadahPhotography
The study, done by doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, found that although patients with a history of heart problems are more prone to attacks after the death of a loved one, those with perfectly healthy hearts are also at risk for deadly attacks.
In a separate study, women were found to be 7.5 times more likely than men to have heart attacks in the early stages of grieving. The number rises to 9.5 times more likely for women under 55. This seriously adds new meaning to the traditions of bringing food and sending one's love to grieving families, doesn't it? We really need to check up on our loved ones when their loved ones have passed (and hope that our family and friends will know when we're vulnerable, too). A grieving heart is not to be taken lightly!
Read the entire article here, at Yahoo.