“Sad syndrome” is as real as the pain of saying goodbye
It has been 70 years since the death of Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and he reissued warnings about the so-called “heartbreak syndrome” and other scientific studies that showed that widowhood can increase the risk of spouse death to almost 90% The survivors come from any reason.
After the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, two months after his 100th birthday, the British royal family focused on Queen Elizabeth’s health, because losing a spouse after many years of marriage can cause serious health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and sleep. Obstacles and a decline in the immune system.
It was first described in Japan in 1990 that when the heart is subjected to sudden acute pressure and the left ventricle is weakened, a “broken heart syndrome” occurs. This can cause the heart to deform, which is usually visible after a breakup or the death of a loved one.
Once the stress is removed, the heart will return to normal, but medical evidence suggests that some patients may have chronic problems, such as congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and even death from a heart attack, especially in women with a history of mental illness Health problems in the population.
Other studies have pointed out that when a spouse dies, there is an effect on the survivors of the couple: the so-called “widow effect.” A study by Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin showed that within the first three months after the death of a partner, the risk of anyone dying from any cause increased from 30% to 90%, especially elderly couples.
The “widowed effect” has been observed in all age groups and all races in the world, and this effect has been reduced to 15% after the first quarter of the loss has passed. Studies have found that when the couple die suddenly (due to an accident, infection or heart attack), or die from chronic diseases such as diabetes, colon cancer or lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there is a risk of death. The other members of the couple increased.