A new study has proven that the effects of a broken heart can go further than just emotional pain, with a medical report claiming that severe heartbreak can actually lead to a grieving partner's death. Waaaaaah.
Danish researchers have published a report showing a positive correlation between people who suddenly develop irregular heartbeats and those who have recently gone through the shock of losing their spouse or partner.
In particular, the risk of atrial fibrillation (a condition characterised by irregular or quivering heartbeats) is 41 percent higher among people mourning the death of a loved one compared to those who aren't.
The data was taken from a study of over a million Danish people, with researchers concluding that the risk of death in mourners is at it's highest level 8-12 days after the loss of their loved one.
On average, it takes A FULL YEAR for the risk levels to return to a normal standard.
Oh, and bad news for young people: Those under 60 are apparently more than twice as likely to develop problems, with the researchers noting that those whose partners were in good health a month before their death were 57% more at risk of dying themselves.
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