Thursday, February 10, 2005

Heartbreak Kills

Gathering all the rains
Of May,
The River Mogami rushes down
In one violent stream.


As Valentine's Day approaches, scientists have confirmed the lament of countless love sonnets and romance novels: People really can die of a broken heart, and the researchers now think they know why.

A traumatic breakup, the death of a loved one or even the shock of a surprise party can unleash a flood of stress hormones that can stun the heart, causing sudden, life-threatening heart spasms in otherwise healthy people, researchers reported yesterday.

- From Study Suggests You Can Die of a Broken Heart, in today's Washington Post

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