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Broken Heart Syndrome : Can You Die of a Broken Heart ?

Many people have heard about Broken heart syndrome which is not a term Bollywood or Hollywood made up. Broken heart is a real heart condition that’s often caused by stressful situations, like the death of someone you love or a heart-wrenching breakup. The syndrome, also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC), apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy by doctors also referred to as the “broken heart syndrome,” is a condition in which intense physical stress or emotional imbalance can cause rapid and severe heart muscle weakness which was first reported in 1990 in Japan. It Can either occur due to emotional imbalance in cases like fear, grief, extreme anger or Joy and surprise , further it can occur due to numerous physical stressors to the body such as stroke, difficulty breathing, seizure, or significant bleeding or general problems like Serious illness, Money problems, Car accidents and Emotional memories. Other fact is that this syndrome occurs when a surge of stress hormones cause short-term heart muscle failure.

What Happens ?

When you have broken heart syndrome a part of your heart called the left ventricle temporarily weakens and an extreme emotional or physical trauma, stress hormones cause transient “stunning” of the left ventricle which stops pumping well. A chest pain is caused accompanied by momentary “freezing” or “stunning” of your heart . If broken heart syndrome is not treated, it can causes poor circulation and even shock, or death, in more extreme cases.

Symptoms ?

The most common signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome are Angina(chest pain) and shortness of breath after severe stress. An electrocardiogram can show abnormalities that look like a heart attack. If you feel that way, call our helpline +91 98140 60217 immediately. You may feel similar symptoms to patients with a heart attack including chest pain, shortness of breath, congestive heart failure, and low blood pressure.

Patients with a heart attack including chest pain, shortness of breath, congestive heart failure, and low blood pressure can have similar symptoms to patients with stress cardiomyopathy. Basically these symptoms starts just minutes to hours after the person has been exposed to a severe and generally unexpected stress.

Can it kill you ?

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is not a heart attack but yes, you can die from takotsubo cardiomyopathy as a result of arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, but it happens very rare. In fact, the condition typically resolves within one or two months but in some cases it can lead to serious, life-threatening complications – like heart failure, heart rhythm disorders and stroke in some cases. However, it’s unlikely that a person will die from broken heart syndrome but can concern Caremax hospital in such case of feeling irregular heart beat or disordered heart rhythm to know the actual facts.

When to see a doctor

If you experience any chest pain, a very rapid or irregular heartbeat, or shortness of breathe after a stressful event you need to consult a doctor. They will take coronary angiography, a test that uses dye and special X-rays to show the insides of your coronary arteries.

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