Broken Heart Syndrome

No, we’re not talking about a break up here. But, Broken Heart Syndrome is a real condition brought on by overly stressful situations. Some of the symptoms of this condition could be sudden chest pain that could act as a heart attack. This is brought on by the temporary disruption of your heart’s normal pumping function.

This is stress-induced cardiomyopathy and women often get it more than men. Cardiomyopathy causes the heart to become weak, therefore taking the bulging shape. The causes of Broken Heart Syndrome are not fully known. But, the symptoms are triggered by extreme stress, grief, anger, or surprise.

So, what’s the difference between a broken heart and a heart attack? Most heart attacks involve blockage or malfunction of blood and blood clots forming in the arteries. This is called Coronary Artery Disease. Broken Heart Syndrome can feel like a heart attack but instead of the blockage in the arteries, the heart is “stunned” by immediate stress and reacts. The good news in Broken Heart Syndrome is the majority of people who experience it make a full recovery.

 

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