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Is Broken Heart Syndrome Real?

Is Broken Heart Syndrome Real?

When you think of a broken heart, you'd probably think of a cartoon drawing with a serrated line through it. But a real life broken heart can in fact, lead to cardiac consequences. This is a temporary heart condition caused by stressful situations such as death of a loved one. A person with broken heart syndrome may have sudden chest pain or think they're probably having a heart attack. The symptoms of this condition may be brought on by one's heart's reaction to a rush of stress hormones.

In broken heart syndrome, a part of one's heart temporarily enlarges and doesn't pump well, while the rest of the heart functions normally or with even more powerful contractions. This condition was initially called Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. Today, it's also called Stress Cardiomyopathy, Stress induced Cardiomyopathy or apical ballooning syndrome.