Irregular Heartbeat Caused by the Death of a Loved One

Broken Heart

The death of a loved one does physical damage too.

BEACON TRANSCRIPTA new study has proven that the loss of a loved one can truly break your heart and lead to an irregular heartbeat. If those experiencing this trauma are very young or if their loved ones died unexpectedly, they are prone to developing this heart condition.

Named atrial fibrillation, this quivering heartbeat can further on lead to serious conditions, such as heart disease or stroke. It appears the risk of experiencing this phenomenon is increased by about 41 percent in people who are grieving their partner, as compared to those who are not.

According to the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center director Dr. Mark Estes from the Tufts Medical Center located in Boston, the study proves a theory that suggested the existence of a link between emotional turmoil and heart rhythm problems. The results show that people who are younger than sixty are twice more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat if they lost a loved person.

Furthermore, people whose partners were not in any health danger in the month prior to their death recorded a 57 percent higher chance of developing the condition. Heart failure and cardiac transplantation director Dr. Mary Norine Walsh from the Indianapolis St. Vincent Heart Center has pointed out that the suddenness of death contributes to the rise of the a-fib risk.

The study was conducted by a team of Danish researchers and involved 88,600 people who were just diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, but also 886,120 healthy people. They were all observed from 1995 until 2014.

While those who went through emotional trauma were more prone to an irregular heartbeat, the risk did not depend on the gender of the person or on other factors that might favor the disorder. The most dangerous period appeared to be right after the event, and lasted from eight to fourteen days, after which it started to disappear. Only one year later did the persons lose all risk of developing the condition.

According to the Women’s Heart Health director Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum from the Lenox Hill Hospital located in New York City,

“We use that phrase ‘broken heart’ as though it’s a colloquialism, but there’s a reality to it. The most important thing is having a support system, especially in the event of a sudden, unexpected death. It’s so important that people get the support they need.”

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