Can You Die From A Broken Heart?

The recent passing of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds shocked the world and made us think about how life is so precious. It also made us wonder if you can die from a broken heart, and the answer is—yes. Broken heart syndrome is a real thing and this happens when someone finds out some shocking news, terrible news, that can trigger a massive release of stress hormones that are released into the bloodstream.

When this happens, the heart is bombarded with stress hormones, which can cause chest pain, shortness of breath and extreme changes in blood pressure. When stress hormones attack the heart, they change its rhythm, speeding and slowing the heart in succession, causing a lot of pain and leaving someone gasping for air.