Broken heart syndrome explained

A new study details the case of a Texan woman who was left hospitalized with broken heart syndrome after the death of her dog.

USA (Next Media) – A new study details the case of a Texan woman who was left hospitalized with broken heart syndrome after the death of her dog.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, broken-heart syndrome sees severe weakening of the heart’s left ventricle after a stressful event.

This pot like shape is where the condition’s name comes from. A takotsubo is a Japanese pot used to trap octopuses.

According to Harvard Health, experts believe the sheer amount of adrenaline and hormones triggered by the stressful event may temporarily stupefy the heart.

Several tests are required to identify the condition as electrocardiogram readings of it are usually identical to a heart attack. Most doctors prescribe heart failure drugs to help with it.


Associated Links

  • New England Journal
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy
  • Syndromes affecting the heart
  • Heart diseases

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