Risk of acute myocardial infarction after the death of a significant person

February 12, 2012

Source: Circulation, 2012, 125 (3) p. 491-496

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Date of publication: January 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Spousal bereavement and increased risk of mortality in subsequent months is well-documented. However, there are few systematic studies which associate bereavement with the acute onset of myocardial infarction (MI). This study of almost 2000 participants hospitalised for an acute MI found that 13.6% had suffered the loss of a significant person within the last six months. The incidence rate of MI was at its highest within 24 hours of bereavement and declined steadily on each subsequent day.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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