Dying of a Broken Heart

I came across another lovely bit of information today, regarding people who “die of a broken heart”.

The article begins by explaining how this usually happens between two people who have been together for 20, 30, 40, or even 50 years, and when one dies of, say, a heart attack, heart disease, or another illness, the other slowly, a little while later, dies peacefully behind them. But scientists believe that this is actually caused by the stress, and not an emotional response. They have started calling it, “Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy”. They believe, this is caused by an adrenaline response to the death of their loved one, and this adrenaline response pushes the left ventricle into becoming a cone-like shape. This cone like shape is similar to what the Japanese use as a pot to capture octopus. (Which was very interesting). So, “broken-heart syndrome” is now a medical condition, which is called “takotsubo cardiomyopathy”, which is named after the shape of the pot used to capture octopus, that occurs in the left ventricle of the heart when an individual experiences a sudden push in adrenaline, such as that stimulated by the death of a loved one.

But the people who experience this are not your “average” individuals. They are so deeply in love. We aren’t talking about the loss you feel when your goldfish flops out of the bowl. As a 20-year-old, I can’t even explain it. I have yet to experience it, so I have nothing to compare, but the mere fact that I once had a goldfish, and I know that isn’t “deep love”.

There was a study done at Harvard about the heart rhythms between people who have been together that long (20-50 years). They found that these couples actually began to beat similar, or exactly the same heart beats when they were sleeping next to one another, like they almost became one. And this brought up the question of, when these people sleep next to one another that long, what happens when one is taken away?

It has been shown that when one person is hospitalized for a sickness, their spouse has a severely increased risk of running the same problem, and it remains elevated for 2 years. This also varied by the type of illness or disease that each individual had. It seemed that the more the spouse suffered through their disease, led to more of a risk and/or death for the individual themselves. It was also found that men were more likely to experience broken-hearted syndrome than women. I don’t think that means that women don’t care as much about their husbands, but I found that to be an interesting fact. It would be interesting to find out why this is….

This has nothing to do with Christmas, or snow, or anything of the sort actually, just something I came across, thought about, and decided to share. If anything, you can be happy for what you have this Christmas, in the people who are around you. Feel blessed that there is a love between everything, be blessed in everything that you do. Travel safe, know that you are loved by many. And remember the true meaning of Christmas.


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