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Prescription for Broken Hearts?

by Alethea (writer), Los Angeles, October 03, 2006

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That empty pit feeling in your chest arises and begins to ache. You're not completely sure if it's real or not. You've heard the term broken heart all too often, but could it be even possible that som

If you've ever experiencing a break up, a death, or any form of rejection from a loved one, you've been all too familiar with heartache. That empty pit feeling in your chest arises and begins to ache. You're not completely sure if it's real or not. You've heard the term broken heart all too often, but could it be even possible that something really is broken and aching?

Yes. Emotional pain does in indeed have real physical effects. An UCLA study conducted brain scans which showed that two of the same brain regions that are activated by physical pain are also activated by social exclusion.

Another study published by the New England Journal of Medicine last year indicated that heartbreak can even simulate symptoms of heart failure. Chronic stress can also greatly increase chances of heart disease.

Aside from the immediate pains of heartbreak, the loss of a social support system can be one of the most detrimental things to your health. Numerous studies have shown that people with wavering social support structures heal slower, get sick more and have more emotional problems.

So what do you do when you feel the pang of heartbreak? I'd say cry your eyeballs out at first for the emotional release, but then go out with your friends. A functioning social support system is your best bet. Thereafter, immersing oneself in as much stress management and relaxation techniques, like exercise, do yoga, meditate, get a massage, etc.

The Beatles weren't lying when they said you can get by with a little help from your friends.



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2 comments on Prescription for Broken Hearts?

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By Ariel on October 03, 2006 at 05:15 pm
Very interesting.
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By Patate on November 09, 2006 at 01:03 pm
... Well, very usefull article...
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