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Loss of loved ones may increase heart attack risk

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The intense grief of losing a loved one - can actually be dangerous to your health.

New research finds that the psychological stress after the death of someone close increases the risk of heart attack.

The American Heart Association study says in the first day after a significant loss, the risk is 21-times higher than normal.

The danger goes down gradually over the first month.

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