The term heartbreak was originally coined because of the fact that when you lose a significant other, you can literally feel that pain within your chest. New research has shown however, than a heartbreak can literally break your heart.
The study was conducted by the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Health. Over a 5 year period, they conducted a series of surveys on approximately 1,200 men and women between the ages of 57-85. The survey included a variety of questions about the quality of their marriage along with self reported health statuses which included: cardiovascular health, heart attacks, strokes and hypertension.
During their findings they concluded that, couples who had a negative marriage quality had more cardiovascular related problems than couples who had a positive marriage quality. In other words, a bad marriage is more harmful for your heart’s health, while alternatively a good marriage is beneficial for your heart’s health.
They theorized that over time, the stress in a bad marriage may have stimulated cardiovascular responses that lead to a decline in their heart’s health and essentially put them at a higher risk of developing heart disease. This makes sense when Ray Lane thinks about it in general.
Another interesting aspect of this study was that, they found that marriage quality had a more profound effect on women’s heart than it did for men. They theorized that this may be due to the fact that women tend to internalize their emotions which leads them to become more depressed and ultimately develop cardiovascular related problems.