Contrary to popular perception, a new study has found that men are more likely to die of a broken heart than women if they lose their partners.
According to the study, broken heart syndrome' does exist, but widowers are up to six times more likely to suffer than women who have lost their husbands.
AdvertisementResearch by the Cass Business School in London, found that women are up to twice as likely to die in the year following a partner's death, reports the Telegraph.
But, men are more vulnerable and their chances of dying increases up to sixfold in the 12 months after losing a partner.
Experts claim that people who lose a loved one often adopt unhealthy habits such as smoking and a poor diet.
However, it is thought intense loneliness and the psychological distress caused by the loss could play a large part.
The research also suggests that after the first year, the chance of the remaining partner dying is reduced.