The loss of a spouse can lead to a heart attack

The death of the beloved is one of the most painful moments that a person must face, and being able to get ahead is a difficult process, which requires time and effort to heal the body and mind.

However, in such time of mourning there is a very dangerous risk factor for health that is little perceived, but represents a latent and constant threat to all those who suffer the loss of a spouse.

According to a new study, during the three-month period after the death of a spouse, widows and widowers are at a considerably increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases that can lead to death. Indeed, according to the team in charge of the research, all those who have just become widowed have a 41% greater risk of losing their lives during the 90 days following the death of their partner.

The data reveal that widowed people had higher levels of TNF-alpha and IL-6, which are two types of markers of the immune system that reveal cardiovascular risk.

As if this were not enough, scientists at Rice University reported that the tests revealed that widows and widowers were also 20% more likely to suffer from depression.

Chris Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and lead author of the study, explained that the research started from the interest of how grief can affect the health of the heart.

These investigations could help in the future to understand in a better way how the biological mechanisms triggered by grief react and thus develop better psychological techniques, or in their case pharmacological, to reduce or prevent someone from “dying of love”

Angie Mahecha

Angie Mahecha, an Engineering Student at the University of Central Florida, is originally from Colombia but has been living in Florida for the past 10 Years.