Medical professionals have shed light on whether Prince Philip’s death contributed to Queen Elizabeth’s deteriorating health by weighing in on the observed “heartbreak dying” phenomenon.
Philip, the Queen’s “strength and resilience” for 73 years, died on April 9, 2021, just two months before his 100th birthday.
On Thursday, 17 months after the loss of her lover, Queen Elizabeth II passed away “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle, a vacation spot she and Philip had shared for years.
Today it was revealed that the longest-reigning monarch will be buried next to her late husband, uniting them forever.
Many wonder if loneliness and heartache have contributed to the Queen’s declining health over the past year.
Speaking to daily mailGeneral Practitioner Dr. Deb Cohen-Jones said: “It has more to do with the loss of ‘will’ than with your health.”
“From a physiological standpoint, losing Prince Philip would cause her a lot of stress, pushing her cortisol levels to the max and forcing her body to deal with it,” Dr. Cohen-Jones said.
Elsewhere, heart surgeon Nikki Stamp told ABC that the death of a spouse can set off a stress-related “chain reaction” that can lead to death.
“We know that for some people, the stress of losing a loved one or any other stressful event in your life triggers a whole bunch of reactions in your physical body as well as your mind that can cause illness and sometimes cause someone to die.” – she said.
“It’s definitely something we’re discovering more and more of late.”
The official cause of the Queen’s death has not yet been released.
Dr Cohen-Jones pointed to a striking detail in the latest photographs of the Queen, taken on Tuesday in the parlor of Balmoral Castle, that indicate what she may have been suffering from.
“It looks like there are signs of peripheral vascular disease. This is a circulatory disorder that causes narrowing, blockage, or spasm of blood vessels outside of the heart and brain,” added Dr. Cohen-Jones.
“Sometimes it can lead to heart failure. If your peripheral circulation is that bad, your organs don’t get a good blood supply. This could be a sign of multiple organ failure.”
Unfortunately, it is likely that the illness would have caused the queen “great pain”, as the images indicated that the illness was severe.
The Queen has enjoyed robust health throughout her long life and it is only in the last few months that she has begun to experience health problems.
The first sign that the Queen was suffering from health problems was last October after she spent a night in the hospital. She then canceled a number of planned events, including hosting world leaders at the UN climate change summit in November.
She also contracted Covid-19 earlier this year.
Her appearances over the past few months have been rare, although she returned to public duties before the start of her record-breaking 70th birthday as monarch, requiring a four-day celebration in June.
The last weeks of the queen spent in her beloved Balmoral, where on Thursday she “passed away peacefully.”