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The prevalence of ‘bilateral heartfailure’, in which one heart beats abnormally, seen in two men under 30 with four or more sons
More US men are suffering from heartbreak and seeing specialists as a result of heartbreak, according to a new study.
The findings, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, showed that both male heartbleeds and heart problems related to the 2014 relationship breakup of a 28-year-old and his 30-year-old wife were being diagnosed in a growing number of men under the age of 30.
ABC reports that the study examined two sets of patients: the 28-year-old man, whose heart condition was first spotted in 2015 as a result of their breakup; and a male patient who suffered from heart failure in the wake of his 2014 separation from a spouse who had “bilateral heartfailure” – in which both heart beats tend to fall outside normal limits – in all four of their children.
So far researchers found that in the first study only 7% of patients were being diagnosed with a heart problem as a result of heartbleeds and heart failure.
“We are surprised that the degree of progression was so high and that it is driving up the prevalence of a worse condition for all patients,” said Dr Renate Rappaport, lead author of the study, in a statement.
“This can cause us to question whether we’re making enough progress in prevention.”
The study also reported that heartbleeds and heart problems were leading to an increase in number of emergency room visits, as well as in hospital admissions, in the age group between 20 and 34 years old.
However, not all men will seek medical care if they have a heart problem, even if it occurs after a relationship breaks down.
“It’s not necessarily that they want to keep it to themselves, but they don’t necessarily recognize the symptoms,” said Dr Derek Gartside, a clinical psychologist who works with patients suffering from heartbreak.
“[Heartbreak is] a time to grieve,” Gartside told ABC News. “[But] it’s also a time for people to go outside and clear their head and just focus on their self.”