10 Jan '12, 6am

You really can die of a broken heart after you lose a loved one, study finds

BOSTON - You really can die of a broken heart, with a study showing that people mourning a close relative are 21 times more likely to suffer a heart attack themselves. A "perfect storm" of stress, lack of sleep and forgetting to take regular medication puts mourners at increased risk in the days after losing a loved one, according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Scientists showed that after a significant person's death, heart attack risks increased to 21 times higher than normal within the first day, and were almost six times higher than normal within the first week. Dr Murray Mittleman, a preventive cardiologist and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, said: "Caretakers, healthcare providers, and the bereaved themselves need to recognise they are in a period of heightened risk in the days and weeks after hearing of some...

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