Dr. Jyoti Sharma from Piedmont Heart answers a reader’s question about “broken heart syndrome.”
Q: Is “broken heart syndrome” a real condition?
A: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome, is more common than most people realize. People with this syndrome see their doctor for chest pain, believing they might be having a heart attack. the pain, however, is not caused by clogged arteries. It is the result of sever emotional or psychological stress. Symptoms can also include shortness of breath, weakness and an irregular heartbeat. Things like the death of a loved one, a breakup, an upsetting medical diagnosis, financial difficulty, a car accident, major surgery or an asthma attack can be potential triggers.
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