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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can ptsd and stress cardiomyopathy (a.k.a broken heart syndrome) be connected in any way?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Probably: Stress cardiomyopathy is a relatively newly recognized entity and i personally have not seen a case but from reports i've read, i would certainly think that they could be related.
Dr. Peter Banitt
Cardiology 32 years experience
Stress on the Heart: Stress cardiomyopathy or "takotsubo" cardiomyopathy is a condition where acute stress activates the sympathetic nerves (nerves which release adrenalin-like compounds) and this stuns the heart and can feel like a heart attack. Fortunately the heart fully recovers within 2 weeks or so. Ptsd does not directly cause this condition, but those suffering from ptsd might be more susceptible.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Soldier's Heart: Dr banitt already gave a great explanation regarding broken heart syndrome (stress cardiomyopathy). Of interest, during the civil war the term "soldier's heart" was coined. This was the label given to what is now recognized as ptsd.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

So is broken heart syndrome also known as stress cardiomyopathy?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Yes: Also called takotsubo's cardiomyopathy because the apex of the heart tends to "balloon" making it look like the japanese term for an octopus trap which the heart resembles when affected. Although associated with significant stressors like death of a loved one, etc.. It can be seen in the absence of these.

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