The newly bereaved are at greatly increased risk of heart attack after the death of a close loved one, US researchers say.
Study shows that people are 21 times more at risk of having an heart attack within the first day and six times higher during the first week of losing a loved one.
The common symptoms are chest pain and shortness of breath.
According to some industry experts, periods of intense stress can put a huge strain on the heart.
The trauma and psychological stress associated with bereavement could raise heart rate, blood pressure and others which might result in a heart attack.
According to researchers, families should be made aware of such risks whilst enduring these situations.
Dr Murray Mittleman, of Harvard Medical School suggested people look after themselves and seek medical attention during hard periods of stress.
And by recognising their are in a period in which they are the most vulnerable, they stand the best chances of coming through.
A further study of recent victims of heart attacked proves that very fact. 13.6% of people take took place in the study recently lost a person close in the 6 months prior to their heart attack.
Although the risks of having a heart attack during the first 6 months is high, having one during the first 7 days is even higher.
People with previous medical problems are more likely to suffer from this phenomenon. And according to studies, heart attacks triggered by stress only happen in people with underlying heart conditions.
Other studies also reveal that grieving spouses have very high chances of dying from heart related issues and strokes.
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