Sunday, November 14, 2010
Bereavement 'raises risk of dangerous heart changes'
Recently-bereaved people have heart rhythm changes which may make some of them more vulnerable to health problems, say researchers. The University of Sydney study, released at a US heart conference, monitored the hearts of 78 bereaved spouses and parents. They beat faster on average than unaffected volunteers, with more common periods of very rapid heart rates. A UK specialist recommended check-ups for those with-existing heart problems. It is known that the trauma of bereavement can mean an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in the months immediately following the death of a close relative - BBC