Can a Broken Heart Really Break Your Heart? | Dr. Cynthia Thaik

February 16, 2015 5:38 PM

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Can a Broken Heart Really Break Your Heart? | Dr. Cynthia Thaik

Is there anything more soul-crushing than losing someone you love? Whether it be the end of a romantic relationship or the death of someone you care about deeply, a broken heart is one of the most emotionally intense experiences any of us will ever go through. There is no doubt that losing a loved one can greatly affect your emotional and mental state, but what are the physical effects on the body? And can a broken heart actually break your heart?

Studies show that emotional distress does indeed affect the physical body in a number of different ways. First of all, emotional pain causes blood to flow to regions of the brain that are also responsible for producing physical pain. This is why many people may feel what psychologists call "somatose...

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