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How broken heart syndrome can affect your health?

Broken Heart Syndrome


Broken heart syndrome is a condition that is accompanied by symptoms that feel like a heart attack, such as chest pain or shortness of breath, but results from experiencing emotionally stressful events rather than blockages in the arteries.

It is caused by a very stressful situation, such as the death of a loved one.

Your doctor may call this stress-induced cardiomyopathy or broken heart syndrome.



Signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome include:

  • Sudden severe chest pain (angina) – the main symptom.
  • Shortness of breath – the main symptom.
  • Weakness of the left ventricle of the heart – the main sign.
  • Lung juice.
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
  • Hypotension (hypotension).
  • Only a tiny fraction of patients diagnosed with broken heart syndrome cannot identify the stress that can cause this episode.


Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms. Broken heart syndrome is usually treated with medication until it heals completely. The drug contains:

  • An ACE inhibitor (long-term) that lowers blood pressure.
  • Beta-blocker (short-term) that slows the heart rate.
  • A diuretic (short-term) that reduces water retention.
  • Anxiolytics to manage stress. (If necessary, these drugs can be long-term.)
  • Your healthcare provider may recommend cardiac rehabilitation, depending on how weak your heart muscle is. Managing stress with yoga, meditation, and other relaxation techniques can also help. Contact your healthcare provider for information about these methods and available programs and services.

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as ‘broken heart’ syndrome, is often triggered by stress or loss. The condition can lead to long-term heart injury and impaired heart function. Read more about it on Thehealthsite.com

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