Boy meets girl and falls head over heels – that’s the start of most romantic comedies. Those first exciting moments of chemistry and attraction that make your heart flutter, eventually develop into love, and as the playground song says “then comes marriage”. The girl gets her prince charming and they go on to live a happy romantic fairytale.
Real life however isn’t like the movies and eventually, your happy ever after ends either in a break up or death. However, is it possible that being in love can lead to dying of a broken heart?
Marriage statistics and divorce rates are always in the media, and whenever there is a relationship that lasts it garners headlines. Yahoo! Shine printed a story about a husband and wife that died 16 hours apart after 76 years of marriage. There are several stories similar to this one, where couples who are married for 50+ years die within hours or days apart.
The pain of having a relationship end is very real and well documented. A study in 2005 in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that when a loved one dies, stress hormones are increased which increases blood pressure and can trigger a heart attack. Falling in love is not only an emotional, mental, and physical sensation it also is a physiological response that can literally break your heart.
Dying of a broken heart is a very real occurrence and isn’t rare. But, what makes a couple’s love so deep that they literally honor their vows of “till death do us part?” Please leave a comment below.
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