It’s really possible to die of a broken heart – stress cardiomyopathy
A broken heart is a common condition for the intense emotional pain, breakup,divorce, losing a loved one or romantic rejection. and the term “broken heart syndrome” came about after researchers noticed that many people with the condition were grieving.
ilan Wittstein ( MD, a Johns Hopkins University) says –
“Broken heart syndrome is clinically different from a heart attack ,the first several patients we saw, many of them had just experienced the death of a loved one, a spouse and a parent. These types of events can trigger your sympathetic nervous system, which is also called your “fight or flight” mechanism.
Peter Shapiro ( MD, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University) says –
Our body unleashes a flood of chemicals, including adrenaline, he says. This sudden flood can stun your heart muscle, leaving it unable to pump properly.
Broken heart syndrome has yet another name: Takotsubo syndrome.
A tako-tsubo is a type of pot that’s used in Japan for catching fishes . the disorder was first identified in japan, When Japanese researchers looked at images of people’s hearts during broken heart syndrome, they noted that the left ventricle had taken on an unusual shape resembling the takotsubo pot. As in image below
To diagnose broken heart syndrome, doctors usually perform an angiogram. This provides images of the major blood vessels that supply blood to your heart. During a heart attack, one or more arteries are often blocked. But during broken heart syndrome, these blood vessels look OK.
The symptoms broken heart syndrome are so similar to those of a traditional heart attack , just like – Chest pain,Arm pain, Sweating, Shortness of breath . but it’s a very different problem that needs a different type of treatment.