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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a teenager to have stress cardiomyopathy aka "broken heart syndrome"?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Yes: Yes but associated with significant stress. So the typical teenage problems of breaking up with the girl/ boy you took to the home coming dance, or acne or disappointing grades do not tend to cause. Associated with extreme life stresses, divorce, death of a loved one etc..

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a teenager to develop stress cardiomyopathy "broken heart syndrome"?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: There are three types of cardiomyopathies, hypertrophic, dilated and restrictive.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can a teenager have stress cardiomyopathy "broken heart syndrome"?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Maybe: Usually broken-heart syndrome is self-limited (i.e., it resolves after some time) and generally occurs in individuals with some previous cardiac problem that made them more susceptible to cardiomyopathy. Also, it's usually in individuals older than teenagers who've had a long time of stress and cardiac problems. However, a teenager could theoretically get it depending on their medical history.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
I agree with Dr. Bansal. Let me add that teenagers are most definitely vulnerable to having a broken heart . We've all been there. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. It will eventually get better...I promise.
May 12, 2013
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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