20 February 2014

Where do Broken Hearts Go?

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
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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14 comments:

  1. Interesting. Infograph a good way to display information. Britain has changed socially and culturally. So maybe there is a need to look at emotional issues, and how these are best resolved in such an enviroment. As what social support is available :- Especially in comparison to yesteryear. As previously there were many social opportunities, given the lifestyle people tended to live. Families tended to live in closer proximity, there was less commuting to work etc. People were probably more available, due to this closer proximity. Nowadays family members are often scattered around country or world :- Technology relied upon for the basic communication. Has friendly supportive intimate friendships gone :- Therefore a rise in Counselling and Counsellors???


    Rachel Craig

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  2. it makes for interesting reading, I have seen people age rapidly due to stress and heart break

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  3. What a great way to display statistics

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  4. Depressing reading :(
    But it's good to know that exercise can help to relieve heart break. :)

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  5. Interesting set of facts! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Emotional quality of life seems important, and has an impact on physical health.

    Rachel Craig

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  7. ^^ Absolutely, I agree. I don't think there's any question of whether heartbreak affects us physically or mentally. Any intense emotion, not properly processed, manifests itself in physical ways - headaches, tiredness, stress, weight gain etc etc. This is well-documented...

    I also agree with others, the infograph is presented brilliantly.

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  8. Only had my heart broken once, happily, but certainly did not put on weight. I was slightly overweight, fortunately, because I physically could not eat for several weeks after my event and the weight just melted away. I very rarely cry these days - sometimes I (fancifully) think that is because I cried so much then that there is nothing left...

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  9. Emotional health is an important part of life. This blog is highlighting this fact given that the infographic highlights that it can impact on physical health. I believe that some services are trying to ensure that such information is available :- Possibly through education at Nursery groups, School etc. Books on Prescription :- Available at libraries.These are Self Help books. They may assist individuals to find what coping method is best for them, avoid unhealthy coping methods or find information regarding services which can assist etc. Though sometimes the individual needs Professional support and GP (General Practitioner) can listen and refer to other agencies if appropriate. I wonder if the GP practice should have a list of libraries and their Books on Prescription. So that the Community and services link up overtly, so as to increase the support for individuals who are in need.

    I wonder how William and Kate (Prince William and his wife Kate) dealt and coped with their break-up. It seems they both have family in close proximity, so that may have been an available support system for them. They reunited and went on to marry, maybe some day they will shared what helped them to cope with the break-up episode of their lives.

    Rachel Craig

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  10. I was surprised to see connection with alcohol addiction, seems a high figure.

    Rachel Craig

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  11. I too was surprised to see connection with alcohol addiction! Too high!

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  12. Given exercise is beneficial. I wonder if employers will consider if this can be implemented in the workplace. As many jobs now less labour (physically) intensive than was the situation for previous generations.

    Rachel Craig

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