Popular Science

Can you really die from a broken heart?

Extreme emotional distress can cause the heart muscles to weaken.
person in despair

The loss of a child or spouse can trigger physiological symptoms that can lead to a rare condition known colloquially as a broken heart.

Pixabay

When someone loses a loved one or endures a terrible loss, people might say they have a broken . But that’s a figure of speech, of course, typically meant to describe the mental pain associated with losing someone extremely close to you.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Popular Science

Popular Science1 min read
The Best Diving Gear For Beginners
Oceans cover roughly 70 percent of the planet, and that water teems with life. Exploring this other world requires special equipment. You can rent the big stuff like an air tank, regulator, and dive computer, but you’ll want a few essentials in your
Popular Science3 min readTech
The Best Practice Amplifiers For Home And Travel
For those who are passionate about music and don’t ever keep a guitar further than an arm’s length away, half of the fun comes from being able to plug in and play when inspiration strikes. While there’s no rule against practicing guitar through a leg
Popular Science4 min read
We’ve Lost Almost 3 Billion Birds In The U.S. And Canada Since 1970
The biodiversity crisis is often defined by extinctions, the many species that are being completely lost. And that’s important: the extinction rate today is estimated to be 1,000 times greater than that before humans. But the new study, published Thu