Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real, Scientists Claim

01/12/2012 04:26 pm ET

Broken heart syndrome doesn’t just exist in fairy tales. According to a new study published the Journal of the American Heart Association, heart attack risk is much higher for people in the weeks following the passing of a loved one.

Medical News Today reports that bereavement negatively affects heart health to such an extent, that the day a loved one dies, the risk of a heart attack is 21 times higher.