A scientific study reported earlier this year in an American Heart Association journal confirms that the physical effect of grief truly can be a serious matter. In fact, according to a WebMD article:
Following the death of someone close, the researchers found that heart attack risk
This risk needs to be studied further, researchers say, noting that heart attacks caused by grief are relatively rare in the overall population.
[They] theorize that the emotional stress of grief, including anger, anxiety, and depression, can take a toll on the heart ... And after losing someone they care about, people tend to sleep and eat less, and they may smoke more and forget to take their medication.
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