Broken Heart Syndrome

It was interesting this week to learn from TV that we can indeed die from a broken heart. It seems that “heartbreak” significantly increases the risk of dying from a broken heart, especially in the first 30 days after a loved one dies, and the doctors now have a word for it, a Japanese word, “taktsubo  cardiomyopathy”, heartbreak syndrome, which has many of the symptoms of a heart attack brought on by the grief one can feel.

I can well believe it, because my wife of 52 years of happy marriage died recently, and having previous experienced a heart attack, I recognised some of the same symptoms in my grief. Actually, it did not surprise me, for I have long known  that in a close marriage the two lifelong partners become “one flesh”, Genesis 2:24, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.’ Consequently, with such a great loss, the one remaining can feel like there is a huge hole in ones own body – as though you are not fully there, for you have lost a part of yourself! Medical Science has now caught up, that if one succumbs to heartbreak completely, it can kill you!

I found the solution was to gradually concentrate on all the happy memories, and on the promise Christians have that, in a resurrection we will be re-united with our loved ones, as we arise from the sleep which is death. Giving oneself over fully to grief can lead to despair, and Christians have great hope in the future, and a calling and purpose which still remains, and helps us to avoid a broken heart.

For more on this, read our article, ‘What Happens when we Die? Page 2 ,  ‘Articles’.

About Christianity’s Tragic Loss

I’m back, once again in harness, and anxious to continue God’s urgent work as the daily news gets a little worse each day, and our world succumbs to Satans evil influence.

According to God’s word, Christians are sleepwalking into the coming Tribulation, the worst time of trouble this world has ever seen,  Matthew 24:21, ‘For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.’ NIV.  This terror will come upon us  because of man’s sins, and so bad will it be that, after the seven years of the Tribulation, there will be few people left alive.  ‘Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left.’ Isaiah 24:6.

Jesus Christ explains that Christians are too lukewarm and sleepy to notice, much less take action, and so will miss out of the First Resurrection and the Millennium. Revelation 3:15-16,  ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other. So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’

Are you one of those sleepy Christians?  Find out by reading the latest urgent article, ‘Christianity’s Tragic Loss’, under the Articles tab, page 2.