The “broken heart syndrome” is nothing to be trifled with. In fact, one man has actually shown the world what a breakup actually looks like for our health, and it's not good.
Koby Soto, an Israeli law student and entrepreneur, took to Twitter Tuesday to share the story about his recent breakup from his boyfriend of one month, who told him over the phone that things weren't working out between them.
The experience, as it would be for anyone, was traumatizing for the co-founder of Guesty — a tech company that works with Airbnb renters. So much so that when he checked his Fitbit HR later, he found out unbeknownst to him, the device had captured the moment his heart was breaking and the emotional aftermath that played out in the hours that followed.
As the chart above indicates, Soto’s heart rate literally jumped from about 65 beats per minute to over 88 beats per minute for much of the rest of the day.
“I feel like it’s nice to have a log of your confirmation of what you felt. You can tell people you have heartbreak and you feel bad,” the 28-year-old from Tel Aviv told BuzzFeed. “People become less cynical once you show them the numbers or once you show the data or graphs. Everyone understands heartbreak, right? Everyone’s felt it. When you have this, it’s interesting — you have something to show.”
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He also said that it is the first time a wearable has captured any of his emotional traumas.
“I've been in a few relationships a lot longer than this and the breakups were much more intense, but I wasn't wearing a Fitbit,” he added.
From scientific point of view, it is a concrete example that any sort of emotional stressful situation can literally affect your heartbeat.
“An upsetting breakup can cause the body to produce more cortisol (the stress hormone) and adrenaline (the neurotransmitter associated with the flight or fight response),” explained Gail Saltz, a clinical associate professor and a specialist in mental health and relationships. “Sudden increase in adrenaline can raise heart rate and blood pressure.”
Well, Fitbit might have chalked up the spike in heart rate to a workout regimen, but it has proven that getting dumped takes an equal toll on your body and mind.
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