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Lay Description

This study will help us learn how to protect a broken heart after the loss of a spouse or significant other by identifying factors that improve the health and wellbeing of Latinxs during this difficult life transition.


  • Family Health
IRB Number
NCT Number
ct.gov registration not required
Open to Enrollment


Eligible Ages
18 - 0
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

Individuals who have lost a spouse or domestic partner within the last 2 months, and who are of Latin origin.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Individuals with evidence of liver or kidney failure;
  • Individuals with significant visual or auditory problems, and/or cognitive impairment;
  • Individuals with major medical conditions involving the immune system such as diabetes, autoimmune and/or inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis;
  • Individuals who smoke;
  • Individuals with alcohol or drug abuse;

Individuals with regular use of medications with major immunological consequences (e.g., steroids), those on medications for angiotensin type I receptor blockers, and those taking statins. Those taking aspirin will not be excluded because this did not reduce IL-6 and CRP inflammation in previous work. However, it will be assessed.

Study Design

Study Contact

Regulatory Point of Contact
Luz Garcini

Regulatory Point of Contact
Sarah Lill

Principal Investigator
Luz Garcini