The loss of a loved one can put you at an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat for a year until after the incident, finds a recent research.
People less than 60 years old and those who suffer an unexpected loss are at the greatest risk, according to the study.
Researchers collected data from nearly 89,000 people newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and over 8,86,000 age-matched and sex-matched healthy controls between 1995 and 2014.
They looked at several factors that might contribute to the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, including age, sex, and underlying heart conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
Of those diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, more than 17,000 had experienced partner bereavement, or a state of grief due to the loss of a spouse or lover, as had nearly 1,67,000 of the comparison group.
The study is published in the journal Open Hear.
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