A Valentine’s Day question:
Is it actually possible to die of a broken heart?
In other words, can the physiological responses to grief be so extreme as to result in the death of an otherwise healthy person? Obviously, I am ruling out depression-induced suicide where the cause of death is some secondary mechanism. I can believe that emotions of the anger/fear kind could potentially dump enough adrenalin into the bloodstream to screw up the heart of even a healthy person, if they were extreme enough or lasted long enough. But does sadness have any similar capacity? Beyond brain serotonin changes, what exactly are the physiological responses associated with being sad?
Finally, is there any properly documented case of anyone anywhere actually dying of grief (who did not have a preexisting condition)?
The question gives you some idea of my attitude toward this particular holiday.