A study at St. George’s University of London finds that the impact of bereavement doubles the risk of having a heart or stroke attack among adults who are more than 60 years old.
The probability of having a heart attack doubled in the first 30 days after a partner’s death, especially seniors and are more likely to succumb to heart ailments, however the risk tails off after the passage of 30 days, the study says.
Grieving can be stressful and it could affect a person, both physically and mentally and anyone with devastated heart may refuse to take medication, either willingly or loss of interest.
In a statement, Dr Sunil Shah, senior lecturer in public health at St George’s University of London, said: “We often use the term a ‘broken heart’ to signify the pain of losing a loved one and our study shows that bereavement can have a direct effect on the health of the heart.”
16 per 10,000 seniors experienced heart attacks, compared to 8 per 10,000 of the normal population, according to the survey.
Bereavement affects the behavior of blood clotting, blood pressure becomes unstable, so do stress hormone levels and heart rate control. Subsequently, all these factors will heightened the risk of coronary failure.
This study helps us understand how to deal with the ones with cardiovascular disease and the psychological and social factors associated with it.
[Source: St. George’s, University of London]