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Good to know-broken heart syndrome

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    You may have heard a family member or friend say that they'll die from a "broken heart," or that heartache from the loss of a loved one is too much for them to bear.

    The truth is, severe stress can cause an actual condition known as broken heart syndrome (BHS), or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy
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    Patients experiencing BHS often have similar symptoms as those having a heart attack, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. That's why it's important to visit a hospital with physicians who are experienced with this problem.

    It often occurs in postmenopausal women, older men or after a severe emotional stress.

    BHS is not a heart attack that results from a blockage of a heart artery. It is sudden weakness of the heart muscle that may be induced by a surge in adrenalin and other stress hormones that shock the heart.



    With the right care, this type of cardiomyopathy typically reverses itself within four weeks and there is no long-term damage to your heart.
     
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