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The Real Dangers of a Broken Heart


If you have always thought that having a broken heart is just an expression, it is probably because yours has not been broken yet. Hopefully, you will never have to understand what it really means. Broken heart syndrome is recognized by medicine, and it can cause heavy damage to your body and your mind. We will explain what the symptoms of broken heart syndrome are, and how you can prevent damage?

Physical Dangers of a Broken Heart

You see it in movies: the devastation left behind by the destruction of a couple. You may think the actors are overplaying their role, but in truth being broken-hearted is a real health issue that is treated by doctors. The pain felt in such a moment is acute, and the person starts going through symptoms related to depression. It is so powerful that a new research published in the newspaper “Crisis” indicated that suffering from a broken heart syndrome increases the potential for suicide.

The problem occurs when your brain makes the decision, unconsciously, to treat the separation as a trauma. Then sentiments of fatigue, anxiety and depression enter into play, bringing the person down to lower levels rapidly. If you ever find yourself going through such a state, you need to keep one thing in mind: to breathe. There are breathing techniques for stress which can help people suffering from broken heart syndrome, by slowing down their breathing. It then slows the heart rate down as well, and you can regain control of your body before you start having headaches and high blood pressure, all symptoms caused by a change of breathing brought on by stress. (1)

Emotional Dangers of a Broken Heart

A study was made jointly by Purdue and Kansas State University on the emotional effects of a broken heart. They selected 200 adults who had just gone through a difficult separation to try to figure out if the risk of suicide was higher when you went through a romantic break-up. The questionnaire they responded to was aiming to discover two things: 1 – Their level of involvement in the couple and 2 – Their level of depression (anxiety and risk of suicide).

The conclusions left no room for doubts. Those who were more involved in their couple felt the separation hardest, with symptoms of depression (as described earlier in this article). The second conclusion was that the higher the level of depression noted in the participants, the higher the risk of suicide.

Broken heart syndrome is very real and can cause serious damage. If you are suffering from a romantic break-up, you should learn how to breathe and consult a doctor who can guide you towards some help.

David Smith