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Grieving a loved one can literally break your heart

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A new study shows the death of a spouse or child could literally break your heart.

Australian researchers found grieving can cause an elevated heart rate, irregular heartbeat or depression which may increase the risk of heart attack or sudden cardiac death.

The symptoms usually go away within six months.

Researchers say those in mourning for their loved one may want to consider a medical review and should seek immediate help for any cardiac symptoms.

Online reporter: Sunny Layne

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