Bereavement raises cardio risks, study says

09/21/2011 | MedPage Today (free registration)

The stress of losing a loved one can lead to increases in inflammatory and prothrombotic factors, raising cardiovascular risks in the bereaved, University of Sydney researchers reported. The study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation said that the newly bereaved should be encouraged to avoid smoking and alcohol, as well as to maintain normal sleep and dietary patterns, to minimize the effects.

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