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Can you really die from a broken heart?


​DENVER – Debbie Reynolds’ death just one day after losing her daughter Carrie Fisher has prompted questions about a medical condition often called “broken heart syndrome”.
 
Every once in a while you hear about couples who are so in love, they can’t live without each other. Some couples have passed away days, hours or even minutes apart.
 
Is it a coincidence? Or can one person’s death cause the other to suffer a fatal broken heart?
 
“People are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke in the month after the death of a loved one,” explained Dr. Amrut Ambardekar, a cardiologist at University of Colorado Hospital.
 
While he can’t say for sure what caused Reynolds’ stroke and ultimate death, he says broken hearts are a very real thing.