Have you ever suffered a broken heart? If so, you certainly aren't the only one. Now the novelty of Valentine's Day is over, a heart will be broken every 17 minutes.
Did you know for instance, the brain processes relationship break-ups similar to the way it does physical pain and that 1 in 6 people will get skin breakouts due to the stress of a break up.
Research in the infographic below, which is by Benenden Health, shows that a broken heart can cause as much damage to your health as smoking for 2.5 years.
Where do broken hearts go Infographic by benenden health
Stress Cardiomyopathy, otherwise known as Broken Heart Syndrome, actually similar symptoms to a heart attack and apparently, 2% of diagnosed heart attacks are in fact 'broken hearts'. Shocking isn't it? The fact that 2 things can be so similar yet so different too.
But, what is the best way to get over a broken heart? Well, according to this study, exercise is. Because, whilst you are exercising, your brain releases endorphins, which make you happy and can help towards mending your broken heart. For me though, I don't think I'd be able to exercise if I was heart broken and would probably try some other coping mechanisms.The top 5 for us Brits are apparently drinking, eating, talking to friends and family, and then there's doing nothing at all.
Is a broken heart really as bad as it sounds though? Do they really affect us physically and mentally? I really don't know for sure but it is safe to say that the heart is a really complex emotion.
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