Getting Personal Is Worthwhile
Recent medical research suggests a sudden, unexpected loss of a lifelong partner can cause the surviving partner to experience an abnormal condition of the heart known as
arterial fibrillation, which is a very dangerous cardiac beat that can lead to a heart attack or stroke. The surviving partner is at risk of experiencing this condition immediately or there can be a delay of up to two weeks after the occurrence of the unexpected death.
The cause of arterial fibrillation is thought to be stress related which causes the fight or flight hormone to be pumped throughout the body dramatically, causing the heart and other organs to malfunction
The physician of the surviving partner should be made aware of this potential occurrence. A staff member should relay the information regarding your experience in losing a spouse or significant other to the physician. As a result, the physician may have to “get personal” when discussing certain aspects of your life.
Early awareness of a personal tragedy could save someone’s life. Family members also need to be aware that this occurrence is possible.
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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
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