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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Can you die of a broken heart?

By Harvard Health Letters




A warning for mourners and those who love them


JewishWorldReview.com | Love is such an intense emotion that losing someone you love can cause profound grief. All of us grieve differently, and in some people, the emotional and psychological impact of grief can manifest itself physically by triggering a heart attack or causing a serious--albeit temporary--disease of the heart muscle.

HEART ATTACK RISK RISES
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have shown that the chance of having a heart attack is 21 times higher than normal during the first 24 hours following the death of a loved one. And while grief does not disappear overnight, neither does the risk of heart attack; it starts dropping on the second day, but remains nearly six times above normal for a week, and may still be higher than normal 30 days after the loved one has passed away.


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The risk of having a grief-related heart attack varies, with the greatest risk found in those who are already at risk because of existing heart disease or its risk factors.

According to the researchers, heart attacks are likely triggered by an increase in heart rate and blood pressure that are a natural response to psychological stress.

And yes, the study, published last year in Circulation, also seems to show that it is possible to die of a broken heart. The researchers determined that the risk of dying from heart disease in the months following the death of a loved one increases 20 percent to 53 percent.

PALPITATIONS OF THE ROMANTIC KIND
Throughout the centuries, poets have paid homage to that familiar sign of love, a fluttering heart. If you've ever locked eyes with someone, only to feel your heart jump into your throat, or have found yourself tongue-tied with your heart throbbing in your chest, you know you've fallen in love.

It's no surprise that such a hearty response has earned the heart a reputation for being the center of emotions. But in reality, all emotions--including love--are generated in the brain. The brain responds to messages sent from the eyes, nose, and ears by producing a surge of epinephrine (also called adrenaline), a hormone that makes the heart race.

Unlike palpitations generated by atrial fibrillation, however, these rapid heartbeats are short-lived and associated with pleasure. That's why they don't alarm us.

HEART MUSCLE IS DAMAGED
Sometimes, grief causes healthy people who don't have coronary artery disease to experience symptoms that mimic a heart attack. On close examination, however, no dead heart tissue is found. In some of these cases, blood flow is blocked by a long-lasting spasm of the artery. It causes the bottom of the heart to balloon out, preventing it from pumping properly. This condition is known as stress cardiomyopathy or "broken heart syndrome."

Although it's not a heart attack, the condition can be life threatening.

The good news is that, over time, the heart resumes its normal shape, symptoms disappear, and the individual usually recovers completely. - Harvard Heart Letter

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