By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With the death of Debbie Reynolds coming just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died, the question comes up: can you die from a broken heart?

According to researchers from the St. George’s, University of London, yes you can.

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They studied 30,000 people for the so-called “broken heart syndrome.”

What they found is the surviving partner of loved one often does feel increased levels of stress.

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Losing their loved one can actually double a person’s risk of heart failure or stroke in the one-month period following their loved one’s death.