Can you really die of a broken heart?

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[Star Tribune, June 04, 2014] They’re the kind of romantic tragedies that make headlines.

Elderly couples who have spent their lives together remain inseparable even in their last breaths — dying within hours of each other.

But can a person really die of a broken heart?

“It’s very real,” said Dr. Scott Sharkey, a cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

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