Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

When actress Debbie Reynolds died a day after her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, the world diagnosed it as 'heartbreak'. But what's the evidence? Does emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or chocolate, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men, when they are more fatal in women?

Can You Die of a Broken Heart? has been translated into seven languages and is available on Audible

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Heart and lung surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp takes us into the operating theatre, explaining what she sees in patients with heart complications and how a life-saving transplant works. Stamp fell in the love with the heart as a child and continues to be fascinated by its workings and the whole-of-life experiences that affect it. Rich with anecdotes, and insights for maintaining heart health, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is a blockbuster from a uniquely positioned young specialist.



Available now, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? delves into the inner workings of the miraculous human heart. You will learn how the heart works, how it breaks, how to do a heart transplant and if superfoods can really save us. 

Dr Nikki Stamp is so clearly in love with her subject: that wonderful and yet still mysterious organ, the human heart
— Dr Michael Mosley

A heart and lung surgeon, Dr Nikki Stamp draws upon her experiences being up close to the human heart. The science is broad from how our emotions affect our bodies to stem cells and nutrition, looking into the mysteries and questions that we can ask about the life-giving heart. Peppered with stories of people and patients Dr Stamp has been inspired by over her career, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? is sure to change how precious you think your own heart is. 

"The most affecting thing about the book is Stamp’s infectious admiration for the organ. She describes how “breathtaking” it was the first time she saw a heart beating inside a chest as though it were love at first sight."

The Guardian

"It is clear once finishing the last page of Can You Die of a Broken Heart? that Dr Nikki Stamp has a strong desire to change the ways we think about our health. Equal parts a young surgeon’s fascination with the body’s most poetic and mystical organ, and erudite advice that can be applied on a daily basis. In fact, the book reveals that there are a number of easy, complementary, and achievable ways that we can change our lifestyles to reduce the chance of heart disease."

Better Reading

"As well as getting an understanding of how the heart works, you’ll learn from this book so much about how diet, exercise, healthy relationships, depression and many other factors affect heart health. It’s written in an engaging way that will have you hooked from page 1."

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