When a loved one dies, the pain from losing them is immense and can be stressful on the heart. Anyone who has grieved knows that. A new study suggests that this emotional heartache can increase a woman’s chances of having a heart attack by more than 65%. This does not affect only bereaved women, but also others who are suffering from traumatic life events, such as being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. The conclusion was drawn by comparing data from women who had suffered a heart attack to women who had not. The study was based on a sample group of over 25,000 middle-aged and older female participants who were followed for an average of nine years.
While we adopt good exercise and diet habits, we must also remember that psychological stress also affects our heart and overall health. It may be impossible to avoid traumatic life events, but what we can do is learn to practice relaxation techniques and turn to healthy and supportive relationships to better manage stress.
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Wishing you the best of health, Daniel Choo CEO, The Medical Concierge Group