The loss of a spouse or loved one can lead to severe grief, depression, and even death, according to a study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine. A partner’s passing can double the chances of suffering from a heart attack or stroke, researchers found. The scientists believe that anguish causes extra physical stress and may lead older people to forget or lose interest in their own medication. Fortunately, the health impact appears to be short-lived; the risk of cardiovascular problems begins to dissipate 30 days after the loss of a loved one.
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