Within 6 Months After The Death Of A Loved One Or Child Has An Increased Risk Of Heart Attack – Part 2 of 3
Heart rates and rhythmic irregularities were tracked with 24-hour monitors, while fluctuations in the onset of depression and thirst were documented. The findings were then compared with the medical conditions of a group of men and women who had not experienced the loss of a loved one.
Buckley and his associates found that, compared with the non-grieving group, bereaved patients master twice the number of rapid heartbeat episodes in the weeks immediately following their loss. Average heart rates were also relatively higher among bereaved patients during the same time frame.
By six months after the drubbing of a loved one, both conditions reverted back to normal among the bereaved, so they were either comparable or even less problematic compared with the non-grieving group, the investigators found. Meanwhile, depression levels initially appeared to be more than four times higher among the bereaved.