Beware of the ‘Broken Heart Syndrome,’ as It Can Literally Kill You

Beware of the ‘Broken Heart Syndrome,’ as It Can Literally Kill You
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If it’s the period of love, it’s also the period when those who are lonely individuals can go through the ‘broken heart syndrome,’ unfortunately. The syndrome is also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress-induced cardiomyopathy. Surprisingly or not, such a syndrome can even be fatal for a person in some situations, and that’s no joke or exaggeration. 

The worst-case scenario of the broken heart syndrome is claimed by those from UW Medicine, as The Seattle Times reveals. The syndrome can trigger severe short-term heart muscle failure.

You should also always be on the lookout for the symptoms, which can be a bit misleading. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, broken heart syndrome doesn’t affect the entire heart. It interrupts the usual pumping function for a limited period of time while the rest of the organ will continue to work as normal.

Don’t confuse it for a heart attack

If you experience symptoms such as chest pressure, palpitations, or weakness, you may be dealing with broken heart syndrome. What’s surprising is that if you’re dealing with a heart attack, you will face pretty much the same symptoms.

April Stempien-Otero, a cardiologist from UW Medicine, explained as The Seattle Times quotes:

But on exam, it turns out, the arteries are normal, it’s not a heart attack, it is this takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

She also explained how the syndrome works, as the same source quoted: 

Most [cases] are associated with either a personal emotional trauma or also with natural disasters,

It’s totally biologic. I mean, it’s stress hormones. It is inflammation caused by those emotions in our brain.

The Mayo Clinic also informs that you should seek medical assistance ASAP if you’re dealing with chest pain, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeat after you’ve been through a stressful event.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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