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Research Shows A Broken Heart Increases Cardiac Risk

Posted by Stethoscope.com on Apr 8th 2016

Danish researchers analyzed data on 974,732 adults, including 88,612 people recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). During about a 10-year span, 186,418 of the participants experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The researchers concluded those who had experienced an unexpected loss of a spouse or partner also had a 57 percent higher risk for arrhythmia than those who had not experienced such a loss. The article can be seen in Volume 3, Issue 1 of openheart.