February 18, 2018

Omo be careful! Science says you can die of a broken heart? (Nbcnews)

Omo be careful! Science says you can die of a broken heart? (Nbcnews)

Heartbreak can be a devastating experience at any age. When the man I thought was “the one” ended our relationship years ago, I felt as though I was experiencing a death. I could barely get out of bed, cried more often than not and moped around so miserably my friends grew weary of trying to distract me from my suffering. However, I was lucky — my heartbreak wasn’t literal.

Unfortunately, in some people’s cases, a breakup or other traumatic emotional stressor can be enough to cause physical damage to the heart, a syndrome known variously as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, stress-induced cardiomyopathy, or “broken heart syndrome.”

 The syndrome was first noticed in Japan 1990,where physicians discovered that people were presenting with the symptoms of a heart attack during initial testing. However, follow-up cardiac angiograms that look for the signature blood clots of a heart attack turned up clean. Read more
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