Growing up, there was an elderly couple in my neighborhood who died within a few months apart. I asked my grandmother, were they both sick? She said yes, “one had an illness and the other was heart sick.” I didn’t really grasp what she was saying then. I have seen this happen a couple more times throughout my years. Now I understand. When one spouse passes on, the bond is so tight and the connection so deep, that the other left behind cannot bear to live without him/her.
Conversely, what if you offer up all of the love and trust you can muster to someone – only to be left with a broken heart? Everyone handles break-ups differently. There are a few who will become so hurt that their health is gravely affected.
Did you know that you can really die from a broken heart?
The disorder is called broken heart syndrome or stress induced cardiomyopathy. It is a pain that simulates a heart attack caused by emotional stress due to a tremendous loss of someone extremely close to you. While it may replicate a heart attack, the differences are that tests show no signs of blocked arteries or heart damage. Although, in some cases these symptoms can become a fatality.
“Women are more likely than men to experience the sudden, intense chest pain — the reaction to a surge of stress hormones — that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event. It could be the death of a loved one or even a divorce, breakup or physical separation, betrayal or romantic rejection. It could even happen after a good shock (like winning the lottery.)”, according to the American Heart Association.
The more delicate your mentality during this time, the more difficult a person’s condition may be. And, it doesn’t matter if you have a medical history of heart disease. The upswing is that it can be a treatable condition. A majority of people who have experienced broken heart syndrome will most likely recover after several weeks. If symptoms are ignored, that’s when it could perhaps be fatal.
Be careful who you give your heart to and be careful with the heart given to you – it’s a matter of life and death.
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Is Broken Heart Syndrome Real?; American Heart Association: Updated April 29, 2015.