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Broken heart syndrome is serious and it’s brought on by emotional stress

A broken heart can literally break your heart

Maybe this was what was happening with my heart a couple months ago?  Either way, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, also known as Broken Heart Syndrome is real and it’s serious.  When it comes to emotional stress, your heart could face something deadly. No, this is not a line from a fairy tale. Broken Heart Syndrome is a very real condition and it comes from severe emotional stress.

To get clinical, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the left ventricle, the heart’s main pumping chamber, usually as the result of severe emotional or physical stress, such as a sudden illness, the loss of a loved one, a serious accident, or a natural disaster such as an earthquake.

See, what happens is the surge in stress hormones and how your body reacts to them. It stuns the heart and triggers changes in the heart cells. If we’re talking on which of the sexes would get it more – women are more vulnerable to this condition but it also affects men.

Pulling on the heart strings

What can be done to not get the broken heart syndrome?  Talking is encouraged. It might save you a lot of trouble and damage to your heart in the long-run. Because our hearts are the most hardworking muscles in our bodies we have to do what we can to ensure they are not going to quit being able to do their jobs. Keep in mind, 80% of those diagnosed with this condition had recently experienced a significant emotional experience.

At the moment there is no known medicine that will improve this condition or prevent it from coming back once it is gone, but in its early stages, heart attack treatment is common. According to BHF.Org.UK, about 15% of those who have this once will have another episode at some point in their lives. Knowing how to manage your stress is important. Don’t hesitate to get help if you need it.



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