After spouse passes, death risk rises – In the three-month period following a spouse’s death, the widowed are more likely to exhibit risk factors linked to cardiovascular illness and death. The study is first to show bereavement’s link to elevated ex vivo cytokines and lower heart rate variability.

Grieving the loss of a spouse really can lead to higher risk of dying from heart-related illness, report researchers.

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