Seems it's true: People can die of a broken heart
Patients who struggle to get over the death of their spouse are at increased risk of joining their beloved earlier than expected, a US study suggests.
Bereaved partners who display elevated grief symptoms, such as an inability to accept the loss, have up to 17% higher levels of inflammatory markers than other widows and widowers, it shows.
And the harder people grieve, the greater the risk, the study authors report in Psychoneuroendocrinology, adding the findings remain after adjusting for confounding factors.
Participants in the top third of the elevated grief group had 53.4% higher levels of proinflammatory T-cell derived cytokines than those in the bottom third.
Those experiencing higher levels of depression also had elevated levels of proinflammatory cytokines compared with those who had lower levels of depression, the study authors wrote.
But this did not mediate the