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A 19-year-old female asked:

Hello, i was wondering if a 19 year old can get broken heart syndrome? i have an anxiety disorder and i'm scared of getting it.

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Yes. But don't.: It's possible but it's probably avoidable w/ good psychotherapy and perhaps medication. If it happens, it's treated much like a heart attack by the ER and you'd probably be admitted for treatment. With a basically healthy heart, you'd likely heal well. Read: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/broken-heart-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20034635 Seek Tx!
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Anything is possible: But luckily rare things happen rarely. You're more likely to be hurt in a car accident than to get Takotsubo's cardiomyopathy, which is, I believe, the condition that you're concerned about. Please, wear your seatbelt!

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