If you’ve ever experienced the pain of heartbreak, then you’ll understand how devastating it can be. It’s the kind of heartache which feels like the purest form of sadness, and there’s no knowing how long it will last for – which is sometimes the worst part of the whole sorry ordeal.
For some particularly melodramatic folk, it may feel like the end of the world and there is no point living any further if their heart has been broken. Some individuals even believe that they would die for the one they love. We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, and their infamous vow to be together forever. Love certainly acts in mysterious ways.
But can you actually die from a broken heart? It may sound far-fetched, but leading medical researchers have found evidence to suggest that the trauma of losing a loved one can lead to heart complications, and even death.
The scientific term for broken heart syndrome is takotsubo cardiomyopathy, and is particularly prevalent in women. The condition is linked to an increased level of stress, with UK charity British Heart Foundation explaining that: “About three quarters of people diagnosed with takotsubo cardiomyopathy have experienced significant emotional or physical stress prior to becoming unwell”.
Researchers at Harvard Women’s Health Watch state that: “The precise cause isn’t known, but experts think that surging stress hormones… essentially ‘stun’ the heart”. This triggers “changes in heart muscle cells or coronary blood vessels (or both) that prevent the left ventricle from contracting effectively”
If you’re looking for a reason to get morbid and cynical about love, then this is the evidence you’ve been hunting for. However, this also proves that love has a physical impact on our lives and matters deeply when it comes to our overall health. Our entire psychology is reliant on social interaction, so love must be pretty important. If you’re thinking of breaking up with the love of your life, maybe have an ambulance on hand as a precaution.