Can stress and grief actually break your heart?

This week, the long awaited trial of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius starts – and all eyes are on him. With the facts of the case laid bare though, it’s perhaps easy to forget Reeva Steenkamp’s family – and the pain they’re undoubtedly going through one year after her death. The stress of the trial seems to be taking its toll, and last week it was reported that Reeva’s father, Barry, had suffered a second minor stroke – just days before the trial was set to start.

The question is, could Barry’s stroke be linked to the grief brought on by his daughter’s death? We get our doctor to weigh in and explain the link between stress, grief and a broken heart.

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