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As Valentines Day Approaches Cardiologists Explain The Heartbroken Syndrome

In the modern-day it is quite common for people to who have been unlucky in love will be said to suffer from a “broken heart.” It turns out that a broken heart is an actual & real medical condition. Broken heart syndrome occurs during highly stressful or emotional times, such as a painful breakup, the death of a spouse, or the loss of a job.

The medical name for Broken Heart Syndrome is stress Cardiomyopathy. In extreme cases symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, including chest pain and difficulty breathing. Only in extreme cases it’s difficult to distinguish between broken heart syndrome and a heart attack, so if you experience symptoms, don’t assume you’re having broken heart syndrome – call 999. However symptoms for Broken Heart Syndrome are reversible unlike a heart attack. Over time, the symptoms go away. And unlike heart attack patients, people with broken heart syndrome do not suffer lasting damage to their hearts.

The Causes of The Heartbroken Syndrome?

In the Hopkins study, to be published in The New England Journal of Medicine online Feb. 10, the research team found that some people may respond to sudden, emotional stress by releasing large amounts of catecholamines (adrenalin and noradrenaline) into the blood stream. These chemicals are temporarily toxic to the heart, stunning the muscle and producing symptoms similar to a typical heart attack. Cardiologist Dr. Binh An P. Phan has said

“Most people will get better in a few weeks without medical treatment. During an extremely stressful event, the heart can be overwhelmed with a surge of adrenalin and other stress hormones. This can cause a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. It’s similar to what happens during a heart attack, when a blood clot in a coronary artery restricts blood supply to heart muscle”

While the folklore of “broken heart” syndrome has been around for decades. Many believed a broken heart has been a psychological condition however recent research has proven it is in fact a physical condition due to biological chemicals. Doctors expect the frequency of heart-broken syndrome to increase as more physicians learn to recognize the syndrome’s unique clinical features.

The researchers also plan to study whether certain patients have a specific genetic vulnerability for developing stress cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome). It is suggested the best way to reverse the effects of cardiomyopathy is by exercise and keeping the body fit as well as a healthy diet as it will release hormones in the brain that in a sense “up-lift” your emotions. These hormones can also be triggered to be released, in more concentrated and effective forms, by the affection of a partner. As Valentines day approaches, it is your perfect chance to reverse the effects of Cardiomyopathy and to fix a broken heart. 🙂