Beta blockers reduce heart risk after bereavement

Chance of MI is greatest in the first days after bereavement but medication cuts risk factors

Giving bereaved patients a low dose of beta blocker and aspirin could reduce their raised risk of an MI in the months following the death of a loved one, Sydney researchers say.

Broken heart

Those experiencing grief face a raised chance of having an MI and dying, especially those who have lost a spouse or a child.

This heightened risk of mortality is greatest in the six months after a loss, with CVD accounting for up to half of the excess deaths, say the researchers from the University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and the Kolling Institute.

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