Stress, sadness really can break your heart

Heart Health

Researchers now say that stress and grieving can lead to a broken heart.

Though it’s a rare condition, events such as the loss of a loved one, job loss, and medical treatments have been linked to a condition known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome.

The condition primarily affects women, and researchers in Canada say a 63-year-old woman was treated for it while she was being treated for metastatic breast cancer.

The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston noted 30 cancer patients over six years who suffered from broken heart syndrome.

When the heart “breaks” the main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, weakens, leading to pain and shortness of breath.


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