The death of a close person has a negative impact on the heart health of the mourners. A Danish study was able to show that the risk of atrial fibrillation in partners is still significantly increased even after one year after the death of the loved one.
The Danish study examined how the partner's death affects the risk of atrial fibrillation. The scientists used data from Danish health registers from 1995 to 2014. They evaluated the information on 88,612 patients who had been diagnosed with “atrial fibrillation” for the first time. 17,478 of you had seen your partner's death.
Compared to a control group, the risk of atrial fibrillation in patients who had lost their partner was increased up to one year after the death. The risk was highest in the first eight to fourteen days. In the first 30 days after the partner's death, the risk of developing atrial fibrillation was increased by 41% compared to the control group.
The risk was particularly high among people under the age of 60 and those whose partner died unexpectedly. You can find the study here.