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Broken Heart, Heart Break, Love, Relationships
A new report claims that a broken heart is a medical syndrome that can be as
lethal as a heart attack or a stroke.
Most people have watched a relative or friend pass away not
long after the death of a loved one, as if their grief became too great a
burden to bear.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researcher Dr.
Ilan Wittstein alleges that sudden emotional stress, such as a breakup, a
sudden shock, the death of a loved one or even a car accident can produce
physiological changes that mimic those of a heart attack.

Heart attacks are called by blockages in the heart or the
vascular tissue around it. This phenomenon, however, called broken heart
syndrome, is more accurately described as the heart being stunned.
Women in their 60s and 70s are particularly vulnerable to
this type of cardiac event, which occurs when the sudden rush of adrenaline and
other stress hormones experienced in shock causes part of the heart muscle to
spasm while another section balloons outward, suspending the flow of blood. In
about one in three cases, the condition is serious enough to kill without
medical attention.

“It can be very serious,” said Wittstein. “People can
die from it – no question.”
“Even though the heart is not permanently damaged, the heart
is a pump and if that pump is suddenly stunned and can’t pump, than the whole
body isn’t getting the blood flow that it needs, so the sickest examples of
broken heart syndrome have been critically ill in the intensive (care) unit.”
The syndrome can also “weaken the heart muscle, lower blood
pressure, cause fluid in the lungs and even clinical heart failure,” said
the Gazette of Montreal.
Ninety percent of the patients studied so far have been
women, but anyone under stress is vulnerable. Wittstein said that the best
treatment for the disorder is time.
“Time is simply needed for recovery,” he said. “Once
patients get through the first couple of days, the heart improves on its own.”

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