What Happens When the Heart Breaks?

Hi guys! I’m back and if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m obsessed with love and romance. Even though I’m a hopeless romantic I always end up heart broken or reading about a heart break. So, in this blog I’ll be talking about what happens when the heart breaks mentally, physically and emotionally. Come along with me on this roller coaster ride as we take a trip through the human heart.  

In so many movies, books, and documentaries they show heartbroken people sunken into a couch looking all sad and sappy. They usually haven’t ate, slept, or even showered for that matter. Sometimes that may be the case, but everyone takes heart breaks differently. Some people run to the gym to change themselves and make their exes regret losing them. Others lie on the couch and wish to never have to get up again. Some people get a rebound, so they don’t have to live through and experience heart break. 

When the heart “breaks,” a part of it actually enlarges. Which is kind of funny, because I used to think the opposite. I used to think that one day my heart was going to shrivel up and become dry and dead like a prune or a raisin. I thought that it would become so broken that I would never be able to love again. I still believe it’s true to some extent. I do believe that heart break takes a toll on the heart each time it happens, and I also believe that it changes the way that a person loves. What I no longer believe is that one day I would never be able to love again. There is always room to love, and you should never give up. 


The part of your heart that enlarges temporarily causes your heart to pump in a depressed function. Even though that happens the rest of your heart functions perfectly normally. Arrhythmias can also occur when your heart is broken. 

Some people acquire better physical health while heartbroken, but some people don’t. Most peoples’ physical health declines and it declines FAST! Heartbreak can lead to loss of appetite, stomach pain, headaches, overeating, or just a sick feeling. 

According to “Mental-Health-Matters there are 5 stages of heartbreak, which include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. There are studies supporting the theory that you can feel your heart breaking. The release of stress hormones after a heartbreak can temporarily stun your heart muscle producing a similar feeling to a heart attack which is kind of insane. Anyways guys, that’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading, see you next week! 


Author: Aleria Holmes

Aleria Holmes I'm a Senior Literary Student at MSA with a passion for writing much stronger than a hobby. After high school I plan to attend Columbia University to major in Creative Writing (screenwriting specifically) and minor in Psychology. I love what I do and I hope to make a career out of it someday.

2 thoughts on “What Happens When the Heart Breaks?”

  1. Some of the information you talked about was very interesting. Especially the specific details about the human body.

  2. I loved this post and I thought it was interesting that you added some scientific facts about the body and the different hormones.

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