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So is broken heart syndrome also known as stress cardiomyopathy?

So is broken heart syndrome also known as stress cardiomyopathy?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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.. ...Read more

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

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

It is very rare: Broken heart syndrome, also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is a specific condition where part of the left ventricle develops poor function and appears to balloon out. It most commonly occurs in women pver 50, but there are rare reports in children and adolescents. The onset of this condition is linked to an acute stressful event. Function usually returns to normal within one month. ...Read more

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What is stress cardiomyopathy "broken heart syndrome"?

What is stress cardiomyopathy "broken heart syndrome"?

Temporary weak heart: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: a weakening of the heart often associated with emotional stress. Not resulting from a coronary problem a ballooning of the apex of the heart is seen with poor function. May be very sick at presentation but with supportive care (sometimes requiring balloon pump) usually recover. Medications that stimulate the heart (inotropes) may actually make the situation worse. ...Read more

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Is broken heart syndrome a condition that only affects women?

Is broken heart syndrome a condition that only affects women?

Also called : Stress cardiomiopathy and takotsubo cardiomiopathy. Women are more likely to experience the condition. Intense chest pain and shortness of breath after an emotional event like the death of a loved one, divorce, betrayal or romantic rejection. Part of your heart temporarily enlarge and do not pump well. Can be misdiagnosed as a heart attack. Most patient recover after few weeks. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How likely is it that broken heart syndrome causes the heart to stop whithout symptoms?

How likely is it that broken heart syndrome causes the heart to stop whithout symptoms?

Broken heart: Broken heart syndrome is thought to be caused by a sudden huge surge of adrenaline which can cause a severe but usually temporary weakening of the heart pumping. It is also called takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The heart does not stop with this condition but there is a small risk of ventricular fibrillation (aka cardiac arrest) where the heart beats very fast and needs a shock to restore it to normal. ...Read more

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Is it possible that prior stress fractures in your shins are a cause of peripheral arterial disease?

Is it possible that prior stress fractures in your shins are a cause of peripheral arterial disease?

No: Stress fractures are typically non-displaced.. Fractures with bone displacement may cause arterial compression or injury but unusual .. So stress fracture and pad are not related to each other. ...Read more

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Is it possible develop cardiomyopathy other than breaken heart syndrome when suffering from constant anxiety?

Is it possible develop cardiomyopathy other than breaken heart syndrome when suffering from constant anxiety?

Anxiety: Long term anxiety can cause physiologic problems. It is advantageous for highly anxious people to learn to deal with their stresses. Some techniques like meditation, exercise and others can help both physically and psychologically. ...Read more

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Is it true that anorexia can be a coping mechanism for congenital adrenal insufficiency?

Is it true that anorexia can be a coping mechanism for congenital adrenal insufficiency?

Rediculous: Congenital adrenal insufficiency can cause anorexia but the later is hardly a coping mechanism for a disease; it will just make things worse. ...Read more

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Is it possible or dangerous to exercise too much if one has a heart condition? Such as causing damage to heart?

Exercise: Depends on the heart condition, how strenuous the exercise is, & what your tolerance is. Consult your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Could a heart disease be misdiagnosed as athletic heart syndrome?

Could a heart disease be misdiagnosed as athletic heart syndrome?

It is possible: Unfortunately no medical test is perfect. There can be considerable overlap between how an athletic heart looks and how an abnormal heart looks on several heart tests, including electrocardiogram and echocardiogram. This is why it is important to take the whole patient in context with the tests, but I have to say even then distinguishing the two can be challenging. ...Read more

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Is it true that aerobic exercise is fatal for people with exhausted adrenals/chronic fatigue? Can post-exertion malaise progress to post-exertion death? And what is the mechanism of fatality in that situation?

Is it true that aerobic exercise is fatal for people with exhausted adrenals/chronic fatigue?  Can post-exertion malaise progress to post-exertion death?  And what is the mechanism of fatality in that situation?

Adrenal insufficienc: People with adrenal insufficiency do have chronic fatigue and very easy fatiguability with exercise, but death from exercising is not a consideration as their body would prevent them from exercising to that point. It is true that serious medical events like infections, heart attacks, bleeding ulcer, etc or major surgery can cause dire consequences,however as they lack adequate adrenaline secretion ...Read more

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Can WPW syndrome considered to be a type of heart disease?

Can WPW syndrome considered to be a type of heart disease?

Rhythm disturbance: Wpw (short pr interval) is an electrical disturbance that can lead to fatal rhythm distubances under certain conditions. You should mention it to mds, rns, athletic coaches, etc. So that you don't get meds that might aggravate the problem. ...Read more

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Does bilirubin and or gilberts syndrome really protect against heart disease or coronary blockage? Or is this false?

Does bilirubin and or gilberts syndrome really protect against heart disease or coronary blockage? Or is this false?

Says who?: It is possible to do a bad scientific study and find any link whatsoever. I'd cite cell phone and brain tumors. The most recent study I could find was the 13 year old study with barely significant numbers from an obscure institution and it makes no sense. Any time you hear about "antioxidants", put your hand over your wallet. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11849670 ...Read more

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Will running be too much stress on the heart for someone with a congenital heart defect?

Will running be too much stress on the heart for someone with a congenital heart defect?

That really depends: On the health of the individual and the specific type of defect. That individual's cardiologist/ physician should be able to educate about any limitations with exercise. ...Read more

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Is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome caused by a lack of norepinephrine and if so how?

Is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome caused by a lack of norepinephrine and if so how?

Not sure: We do not exactly know what the cause is. We do know the normal mechanisms that regulate blood flow to brain do not work sometimes leading to drop in blood pressure, decreased flow to brain and symptoms of light headedness or passing out. Beta blocker medications seem to help decrease this dysfunction in the system along with stay well hydrated, using mineralicorticoids (florinef) as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible that alagilles syndrome be mistook portal pulmonary hypertension?

Is it possible that alagilles syndrome be mistook portal pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: I have not seen one but literature says that it can indeed cause portal hypertension due to the liver problem and blood return is impeded. The smaller pulmonary arteries can be deemed pulmonary hypertension unless left and right heart cath can be done to prove the pulmonary circulation is ok and only the larger artery involved, cath may be difficult due to the pressure and size of vessels. ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

A disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver ...Read more


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Broken Heart Syndrome (Definition)

Is a stress mediated process that mimics a heart attack & is ...Read more