CARIBBEAN360 – The loss of your nearest and dearest could literally break your heart, a new Danish study suggests.
The findings of the research indicate that people are more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat following the death of their spouse or life partner, particularly in younger couples or in the case of unexpected death.
The researchers reported that the risk of atrial fibrillation (a fluttering or irregular heartbeat that can cause stroke and heart disease) was 41 percent higher among those mourning the death of a partner, compared to others who were not bereaved.
Those younger than 60 who lost their partner were more than twice as likely to develop atrial fibrillation, moreover, while those whose partners were relatively healthy in the month preceding their death were 57 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.
The increased risk was not seen in people whose partners were ailing and expected to die soon, suggesting that sudden or unexpected death contributed to the impact on the surviving partner’s health.