Study Suggests a Broken Heart could cause Long-Term Damage to our Health.

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Many of us have been rejected, felt emotionally abandoned, or have lost a loved one.

These big relationship “hurts” don’t just feel bad, they take a toll on our health and well-being.

Sometimes, we can feel this pain right in our chests, as if our hearts got punched or stepped on.

This is where the term “heartbreak” comes from. It’s as if our hearts are literally breaking.

Well, turns out that may be partially true.

The Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography published a study conducted at the University of Aberdeen (funded by the British Heart Foundation) that tracked 52 patients who suffer from Takotsubo syndrome and found that once the heart is “hurt” through a sudden or traumatic loss, it has trouble beating and contracting in its normal way. Not only are new scars created, but the heart doesn’t recover.

Also know as “broken heart syndrome,” Takotsubo afflicts about 3,000 people in the United Kingdom each year. The syndrome can be triggered when a person suffers severe emotional stress. For example, when your heart gets hurt due to a stressful breakup or the loss of a loved one, the left ventricle literally changes shape, almost like a dent, which makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood.

The Mayo Clinic describes Takostubo as a “temporary” disease. Well, this newer study contradicts that, suggesting that these patients may not recover, ever.

Gulp.

Professor Metin Avkiran, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said:

“Worryingly, these patients’ hearts appear to show a form of scarring, indicating that full recovery may take much longer, or indeed may not occur, with current care.”

And Dr. Dana Dawson from the University of Aberdeen, lead author on the study, said: 

Recent studies have shown that this disease is not as rare as we thought, so finding out the effect that it has on sufferers’ hearts is increasingly important.”

So, what does this mean for you and me?

To me, it’s a yellow flag, beckoning us to do our emotional healing work when we feel heartbroken.

Why? Because this study suggests that, contrary to popular folklore, time doesn’t heal a broken heart. In other words, don’t stuff your pain down and expect to improve.

As a relationship psychotherapist and coach who has worked with thousands of people, my experience shows me the people who successfully heal a broken heart do so by working through and resolving their emotional pain. This, in turn, allows them to move toward closeness and connection again, instead of not letting someone in for fear of getting their heart broken again.

A broken heart can, in fact, be healed. Heartbreak can also make us stronger. I’ve seen this countless times in myself and people I work with every day. However, this level of resiliency is happening for people who do the internal healing work and reap the lessons from their pain and losses.

Bottom line?

A massive heartbreak can do long-term damage to your physical health and time alone won’t fix it. So, let’s honor our sensitive hearts, learn how to love, and learn how to heal from any and all broken hearts we encounter. It just might save our lives.

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Rosila Mike Nov 19, 2017 5:00pm

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Rosila Mike Nov 19, 2017 4:59pm

After being in relationship with him for seven years,he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the fake ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, his email: [email protected] you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or anything. CAN NEVER STOP TALKING ABOUT YOU SIR HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS:[email protected] CONTACT HIM NOW FOR SOLUTION TO ALL YOUR PROBLEM

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Jayson Gaddis

Jayson Gaddis, founder of The Relationship School®
, and host of The Smart Couple Podcast , is on a mission to teach people the one class they didn’t get in school–”How to do intimate relationships.” He was emotionally constipated for years before relationship failure forced him to master relationships. In 2007 he stopped running away from intimacy, asked his wife to marry him and now they have two beautiful kids. When he doesn’t live and breathe this stuff with his family, he pretty much gets his ass handed to him. You can find him here: Jayson Gaddis or sign up for a free training here if you are dealing with an emotionally unavailable man like Jayson used to be. You can also become a fan on Facebook here: Jayson Gaddis Fan Page.