The death of close relatives and friends is sad and sad. A new study in the United States has found that taking low doses of aspirin can prevent heart disease caused by extreme grief.
Studies have shown that people are more than 20 times more likely to have an acute myocardial infarction within 24 hours of their death, because the stress of grief can lead to higher blood pressure, heart rate, vasoconstriction and cholesterol plaque in the blood. Bereavement is also associated with heartbreak syndrome, which causes chest pain and symptoms similar to heart attacks. In addition, levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the brain of extremely sad people also increased, triggering the risk of depression.
Aspirin has the effect of reducing blood clots and has long been used by some high-risk groups to protect the heart. This time, the University of Arizona conducted further research to determine whether it can reduce the risk of heart attacks caused by bereavement. The researchers recruited 22 people, 10 of whom were widowed for less than 30 days, and 12 who did not experience bereavement. After assessing blood pressure, heart rate variability and depressive symptoms, the researchers randomly selected half of each subject to take 81 milligrams of aspirin a day after ascertaining their cardiovascular and mental health. The other half took a placebo. Ten days later, a reassessment of the subjects’ cardiovascular health found that half of those who took aspirin had significantly lower blood pressure. In the widowed group, all five people who took aspirin reduced their depressive symptoms, while in the placebo group, only one of the five people who took the placebo decreased their depression.
Researchers say further research is needed to determine the role of aspirin in treating heart injuries.