Broken hearts are a real thing as break ups take their toll on your ticker
The grief of a bad break up can take a serious toll on the heart, a new study has found.
Research has proven than losing a partner or breaking up with someone you loved impacts the heart and leads to health problems down the line.
Scientists in Edinburgh’s Napier University studied 1000 people who had been through bereavement or a serious break up in their lives and found that poor health is more likely after such an emotional trauma.
Thanos Karatzias of Napier University said: “The more traumatic life events people have in their histories, the more likely they are report to physical ill health particularly heart disease. So the broken hearts we talk about they do exist.”
Participants who had been through a loss were more likely to have high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, depression and heart disease.
All of the subjects were asked if they had ever been through the loss of a loved one, a serious break-up, a life-threatening illness or a natural disaster.
“Stress can predispose you to all sorts of conditions and if you have events like losing someone or bereavement then you are living at stress for a significant period,” said Karatzias.
“We made the assumption trauma equals poor mental health but we haven’t though as much about physical health and I think that should be the next step,” she said.