Is It True: That You Can Die Of A Broken Heart?

Posted on July 2, 2016 in Columns, Is It True, Staff Picks

By Yusra Khan:

“Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart.”

Until someone tells you it’s real, and gives you adequate proof, you probably wouldn’t believe it either. How can people die of heartbreak? It is only metaphoric – and no one ever dies from grief. Or do they?

Turns out that there is an actual medical explanation that backs up the speculation. An astonishing study that spans over nine years, conducted by American scientists, however, has allowed us to read much more into this, and conclusive results have told us about how a heartbreak can do much more than just cause pain.

Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can strike you in the event of a severe shock, like the death of a spouse or a loved one, as well romantic rejection. Depression and digressing mental health are other factors that can lead to the condition.

Broken Heart Syndrome can lead to heart muscle failure, and is easily mistaken as a heart attack – for their symptoms are quite similar – both are followed by severe chest pain and shortness of breath – but unlike in a heart attack, there is no evidence of a blocked artery in a Broken Heart Syndrome.

In various parts of the world, there are many examples that stand to authenticate the claims that it is not merely a theory, but a real world problem.

Psychological trauma or a brutal shock can lead to similar effects and the loss of blood flow and irregularity in the heart beats have been proved to be fatal events that can consequently result in death, if not treated at the right time.

There is no evidence as to how we can prevent a situation like this. Horrible things can happen and they do happen. What we can learn is to develop a stoic attitude that can form a protective shield at such times when it seems a whole world has fallen apart. There is a need for individuals to become emotionally self-reliant – I truly believe that. It is a long overdue project – we should not let abandonment, rejection, losses and even death, affect us in ways that we destroy our own lives on the basis of events that happen because other people choose to make certain choices, or because they simply cannot be helped.

So, don’t become a robot. Don’t stop falling in love out of fear of dying from a broken heart. Try to protect yourself from a situation that you think would hurt you, but don’t run away from love. Let the heartbreak make you stronger! We are more resilient than we would like to believe.