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      "Death from a broken heart": A systematic review of the relationship between spousal bereavement and physical and physiological health outcomes.

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      Death studies
      Informa UK Limited

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          The loss of a loved one is often associated with "death from a broken heart" for the survivor, and there is evidence that shows that widowers and widows are at risk for higher morbidity and mortality than the general population. This systematic review will summarize the physical and physiological health outcomes of spousal bereavement. A systematic database search was conducted, and 38 studies were analyzed. The majority of studies found a statistically significant and positive association between spousal bereavement and adverse physical and physiological health outcomes such as inflammation, cardiovascular risk, chronic pain, and mortality.

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          Journal
          Death Stud
          Death studies
          Informa UK Limited
          1091-7683
          0748-1187
          2021
          : 45
          : 7
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Ennis Centre for Pain Management, Hamilton, Canada.
          [2 ] Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
          [3 ] Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
          [4 ] Division of Clinical Decision-Making and Healthcare, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.
          Article
          10.1080/07481187.2019.1661884
          31535594
          db7db518-c9cd-4631-a6d7-03a4f4245bf6
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