— cardiac pathology, which is also called “broken heart syndrome”. It is characterized by the appearance of weakness of the myocardium, writes El Universal.
This condition can occur if the patient suffered a severe sudden stress, for example, sudden death of a close relative or a bad breakup with a loved one.
The heart in patients with this syndrome acquires unusual form.
It resembles a Japanese octopus trap called tako tsubo.
The symptoms of cardiomyopathy are very similar to symptoms of a heart attack – the patient complains of a sharp pain in his chest, he develops sudden cardiac failure, difficulties with breathing.
The first mention of this syndrome can be found in the journal Heart , 1997. The publication was mentioned 2 patients with stress cardiomyopathy, a condition which, according to experts, was caused only by strong emotional stress.
The broken heart syndrome more often affects women than men.
More than 90% of cases occurs in women in menopause.
The occurrence of cardiomyopathy is indeed due to serious physical or emotional stress — such as divorce or loss of a spouse.
This condition is reversible. Proper and timely treatment helps to normalize the work of the heart already in 1-4 weeks.
Only 5% of patients with broken heart syndrome die.
Scott Sharkey, a cardiologist from American Heart Institute, says: takotsubo cardiomyopathy is more commonly seen in people who suffer from cancer and Alzheimer’s, people have body and immune system which greatly weakened.
I hope that your heart won’t be broken — neither in the literal nor in a figurative sense! Most importantly — take nothing to heart.