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Research Shows You Can Die Of A Broken Heart | Men Are 90% More Likely to Die Shortly After their Partner's Death
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Research Shows You Can Die Of A Broken Heart | Men Are 90% More Likely to Die Shortly After their Partner's Death

A U.S. study on widowhood and mortality has shown that male volunteers were twice as likely to die shortly after their spouse’s death.

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The expression, “I can’t live without you” might sound exaggerated and straight out of a Shakespeare’s romantic drama, but recent findings have indicated that a person can indeed lose his life after a terrible heartbreak. The demise of one spouse after another is witnessed commonly amongst long-living couples who have spent decades together according to a report posted by Dr. Sian Harding in Time. In one such similar case, Joe Garcia said his last words on May 26, 2022, two days after his wife, Irma’s departure in the terribly jolting Uvalde, Texas school shooting. A close family member reportedly mentioned, “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart.”

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Image Source: Getty Images| Staff
Image Source: Getty Images| Staff

 

Dr. Harding, a recognized authority in cardiac science, is an Emeritus Professor of Cardiac Pharmacology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London. Recently she came forth with the findings of her research that death from heart disease after bereavement can be sudden and adrenaline is the dark element behind it. The author of ‘The Exquisite Machine: The New Science of the Heart’ is a cardiac scientist working in this field, and taking a close look at the tragic events including that of celebrities such as Debbie Reynolds, who died soon after Carrie Fisher, her daughter’s demise. But what goes behind and impacts the human body and heart leading to such heart-wrenching deaths, literally?