Can you die of a broken heart? I know that all too familiar feeling of when your world comes crashing down on you and you feel as if your drowning upon all its weight. It’s as if your very heart is deteriorating right in front of your own eyes and you are absolutely powerless to stop the bombarding emotions from ripping and tearing apart your inner soul.
Upon browsing the internet, I stumbled across an interesting article about Debbie Reynolds. People were questioning whether she had died from a broken heart last December, days after losing her daughter Carrie Fisher. Is it a coincidence? Or is it something else….
Here are parts of the article, courtesy of CNN:
“Broken heart syndrome — which is, in fact, a real thing — is when someone finds out some shocking news, typically terrible news, and there’s a massive release of these stress hormones that are released into the bloodstream, and the heart is then bombarded with these stress hormones,” said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “This could be the news, certainly, of a loved one dying, which is where the ‘broken heart syndrome’ name comes from. This could be the news of getting a divorce. This could be a boss coming in and telling you you’re fired — anything that can cause intense stress.”
Symptoms and patients:
Heart health linked to mental health
I absolutely believe in this theory. From someone who suffers on a day to day basis, I often wonder how long it will take for me.
R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
And to all the families and victims of the Manchester Arena Attack. My heart breaks for you….