Lol as if it wasn’t hard enough to deal with a break up… it turns out you can die of a broken heart.
A study into the effects of emotions on the heart has found intense grief can trigger a heart attack, especially in the early weeks of grieving the loss of a loved one.
"When you are under emotional stress, your heart dissolves under physical stress," said Dr Thomas Buckley, a cardiovascular researcher at University of Sydney.
Dr Buckley and his team have been researching the link between acute emotional episodes and risk of severe cardiac events and have identified the biological responses in bereavement.
"Coping with the death of a loved one can be incredibly difficult on an emotional level, and now we can see the physical impact as well," he said.
Intense anger - the feeling of being outraged, ready to burst, with teeth and fists clenched - is also a trigger for heart attack.
"We're not just talking about being irritated or mildly annoyed," said Dr Buckley.
In fact, the risk of heart attack was 8.5 times higher in the two hours after an angry outburst.
According to the research, two-thirds of anger outbursts were related to family arguments and the rest were related to driving or workplace stress.
Well... better stock up on the ice cream then.
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