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Richard N. Fogoros, M.D.

How Does Bereavement Increase Cardiac Risk?

By January 27, 2014

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Recent studies have shown that during periods of grief caused by loss of a loved one, the risk of having a heart attack becomes remarkably higher for a period of time.

Read about the increase in cardiac risk caused by bereavement - what causes the risk, its magnitude, and what you can do about it if you or a loved one are going through a period of intense grief.

February 5, 2013 at 2:22 am
(1) Bill says:

I had a pre heart attack about 7 years ago and got two stents. I am doing great. I always thought that the heart ache from dealing with the death of a family member or a pet really could affect our heart. After all the years of trying to explain what it felt like to have heart attack I finally realized that it was exactly like the feeling you feel in your heart when dealing with the death of someone close to you. The heart actually hurts and it feels like you are dying. I can see that in older couples where one mate dies and the other dies of heartbreak. It seems to happen in animals too.

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