Grief may Increase the Risk of Heart Attack

by on February 2nd, 2012 at 7:00 am

According to research posted in the Circulation Journal of the American Heart Association, the risk of a heart attack may increase during the time following the death of a loved one. The study looked at 1,985 heart attack survivors and found that heart attack risk was 21 times higher during the first day after the death of a loved one. The risk was 6 times higher in the first week, and risk significantly declined over the first month.

People must realize they are at a higher risk and take preventative measures. This study is the first of its kind to look at heart attack risk in times of grievance.  Researchers suspect that the risk rises due to lack of proper care in the first month of grievance. When someone loses a person close to them, they most likely experience lack of sleep, loss of appetite, temporary cholesterol Increase, and medication neglect. All of these factors increase the risk of heart attack.

If you know someone who has recently lost a loved one, give them close support, especially during the early stages. This can ultimately save their life. Likewise, do not neglect yourself in times of grievance, either. Always be aware of heart attack signals and seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest Discomfort and Pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sweating, Vomiting, Nausea and Dizziness
  • Irregular Heartbeats
  • Physical Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Shortened breath

If you or someone you know is at risk for heart attacks, watch for these signs, especially in times of grievance. You just might be saving a life.

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