Apparently there's a reason people die very soon after their partners
Could a serious break-up put you six feet under?
Researchers at a university in Denmark have found that people going through bereavement are considerably more likely to suffer from a dangerous irregular heartbeat or even death. The same could be true of a separation or a nasty divorce.
Surprisingly, those under sixty whose partners die unexpectedly are the most at risk, often being twice as likely to experience heart problems while grieving. Losing a partner is, of course, one of life's most stressful events. But there is hope...
Dr Simon Graff, lead researcher on the study at a fellow at the Institute for Kilinisk Medicine says in the recently published paper:
"The risk was highest 8–14 days after the loss, after which it gradually declined. One year after the loss, the risk was almost the same as in the non-bereaved population."
Chances are if you've broken up with your girlfriend recently you might want to take it easy. If you broke up with her last year and still haven't got over her – don't stress – at least you're far less likely to die from a broken heart now.
Full study here.