Within 6 months of bereavement, people who have lost a loved one have an increased risk of heart attack or stress-induced cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome). Taking beta blockers would reduce this risk.
“The increased risk of heart attack or broken heart syndrome during a bereavement period can last up to 6 months. It is highest in the first days after the loss of your loved one, but remains four times more important in the month following the death “explains Professor Geoffrey Toffler, professor of cardiology at the University of Sydney (Australia). At the head of a team of researchers from North Shore Hospital in Sydney, he conducted a clinical trial to find out how cardiac risk factors could be reduced during the mourning period.
“We sought to determine if the beta-blocker (metoprolol 25 mg) and aspirin (100 mg) reduced the markers of cardiovascular risk and anxiety, without negatively affecting the intensity of mourning” underline the researchers. Their study published in theAmerican heart journal, concludes that beta blockers and aspirin are drugs that could effectively reduce cardiovascular risk within 6 weeks of bereavement. Conclusions that join those of Canadian psychiatrist and researcher Alain Brunet, who is already using beta-blockers to help broken hearts.