It is a scientific fact that you can die of a broken heart. Broken heart syndrome, also known as stress -induced cardiomyopathy or taketsubo cardiomyopathy is well documented.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Rise Above Health Blog) - Broken heart syndrome is our body's response to stress. Stress
is the body's response to what it perceives as abnormal. The abnormal
can be physical like elevated temperature, dehydration or low blood
sugar, or it can be emotional.
What occurs in our bodies when we have an emotionally stressful event is a massive surge of stress hormones. With this massive surge of stress hormones, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges like a balloon and does not pump effectively. The rest of your heart either functions normally or with increased forceful contractions. With severe heart muscle weakness you can have congestive heart failure, low blood pressure and potentially life threatening heart rhythm abnormalities.
Broken heart syndrome can lead to severe, short-term muscle failure. The symptoms are treatable and the condition usually reverses itself in a week or so. If the stress continues, the broken heart syndrome can be potentially fatal.
Broken heart syndrome is often misdiagnosed as a heart attack, because the symptoms are often similar.
Symptoms of broken heart syndrome include chest pain and shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats and at the extreme, cardiogenic shock, which can be fatal.
Broken heart syndrome symptoms are different from heart attack symptoms in some ways.
1. Broken heart syndrome symptoms occur suddenly after extreme emotional stress like the death of a loved one, betrayal, rejection, breakup or a divorce.
2. EKG, the test that records the heart's electric activity is different from someone who is having a true heart attack (MI).
3. Blood tests show no signs of heart damage.
4. Angiogram results show that the cardiac arteries are not blocked.
5. Tests show that the left ventricle (lower left heart chamber) has ballooning and unusual movement.
6. Recovery is often rapid compared to a heart attack.
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