- Love and the Brain – That rush of emotion when you first see each other is actually your brain releasing Dopamine. Your brain also releases adrenaline and norepinephrine which gives you that racing heart feeling. Finally your brain throws in a little Oxytocin in the mix to create that over whelming feeling that we call love.
- Love and the Heart – Studies have shown that couples in love have lower blood pressure and less stress, even if the relationship isn’t perfect. Couples often tend to make more health conscience choices in diet and exercise leading to an overall improvement in health.
- Broken Hearts Are a Thing – Difficult relationships and break ups can cause stress which increases the risk of heart disease. “Broken Heart Syndrome” also called stressed-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy is a real condition in which the left ventricle of the heart actually weakens and fails to contract properly.
- Love in Many Forms – It’s not just traditional relationships that are responsible for all these love related benefits. Many people find these benefits with friends, family, and even their pets. It’s the emotional bond that causes all of things to occur.
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but February is still heart month. Today we look at the potential benefits that love can have on heart health, and the problems that heartache can cause as well.