How Pets Help Heal a Broken Heart After Divorce

April 22, 2015 2:57 PM

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Did you know that suffering from a broken heart isn't just an emotional metaphor? According to the American Heart Association, "broken heart syndrome" is a real, physical response to a surge of stress hormones.

The symptoms -- chest pain, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat -- occur more frequently in women than men. It is typically brought on by an extremely stressful life event like the death of a loved one, illness or job loss.

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