Carrie Fisher’s sudden and unexpected death of a heart attack was quickly followed by the death of her mother Debbie Reynolds. Did grief and sadness over her daughter’s passing trigger what’s known as the “broken heart syndrome?” Medical experts are mixed in their opinions.
Dr. Bradley Nelson, a holistic physician, has conducted a study on how negative emotions contribute to loneliness, depression, anxiety, heart disease and other ailments.
“People who have experienced profound heartache repeatedly can develop a subconscious protection against further hurt that Nelson calls a “Heart-Wall,” according to a statement.
The syndrome is what medical experts call “stress-induced cardiomyopathy” and it can even strike people who are healthy, according to The American Heart Association.
Women are more likely than men to experience the sudden, intense chest pain — the reaction to a surge of stress hormones — that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event.
It could be the death of a loved one or even a divorce, breakup or physical separation, betrayal or romantic rejection. It could even happen after a good shock (like winning the lottery, according to the association.
“There may have been times in your life where you have felt that physical sensation we refer to as ‘heartache,'” Nelson says.
“This feeling of pressure or discomfort in the chest and throat occurs when the deepest part of us is under assault, typically when someone is hurting us or were feeling a deep sense of grief, hurt or loss,” he adds.
Fisher, 60, suffered the attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was traveling home for Christmas after promoting her new memoir, “The Princess Diarist” in Europe.
She died on Dec. 27 from complications of a severe heart attack that left her without a pulse for as long as 15 minutes.
Reynolds, 84, died from a stroke the next day, after being rushed out of her son Todd’s Beverly Hills home in an ambulance.
“It happened very gently,” Todd Fisher told ABC.
Hours before suffering the suspected stroke, she said she wanted to “be with Carrie,” Todd added.
“I was on her bed with her, and I watched her leave and go to Carrie,” he said.
Mother and daughter were buried together yesterday (Jan. 5).
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