Heartbreak, from breaking up or losing one’s partner, can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack, and in some cases, especially in old age, can lead to sudden death. Photo: Alamy

How heartbreak is a real physical thing, and how to deal with it

  • People whose hearts have been broken can experience changes in brain function and the shape of their heart
  • Bereaved people are likely to suffer from symptoms that mimic heart attacks
Topic |   Health and wellness

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Heartbreak, from breaking up or losing one’s partner, can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack, and in some cases, especially in old age, can lead to sudden death. Photo: Alamy
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Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.