On the eve of St. Valentine's Day British doctors have shown that such feelings as love, fear and grief can actually kill a person, causing a rupture of the heart, the newspaper The Gurdian
As the newspaper writes, cardiac surgeon, Alexander Lyon believes that the overwhelming fear, severe mental pain or, conversely, pleasure can lead to heart failure. Now, this phenomenon is called "broken heart syndrome."
The cause of the disease - a massive adrenaline rush, which paralyzes the lower chambers of the heart and carries the entire load to the upper chamber.
Previously it was thought that adrenaline makes the heart work faster. But the discovery of Dr. Lyons said that this is not always the case. In some cases, epinephrine, on the contrary, cause weakness and paralyzes the heart in the body that almost inevitably leads to loss of life.
Opening of the "broken heart syndrome," explains why so many people die in the first days after the loss of loved ones.
Dr. Lyon believes that people who have died from the "broken heart syndrome", far more than official statistics show. He believes that this syndrome can masquerade as a normal heart attack or coronary heart disease.
Perhaps one of the proofs of his innocence may be a recent case in the U.S.. In Pennsylvania, a couple Marjorie and James Landis, who have lived in wedlock 65 years, died in one day. The first has died aged woman, a former pilot in the Air Force parting told her that soon they will meet - 88 minutes later, he died of a heart attack.
It is noteworthy that earlier researchers from the University of Glasgow, came to the conclusion that after the death of one spouse to the risk of dying within the next six months, widows and widowers increases by 30%.