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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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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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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 to treat stress cardiomyopathy "broken heart syndrome"?

How to treat stress cardiomyopathy "broken heart syndrome"?

With compassion: The best thing to help relieve a "broken heart syndrome" is the presence of a compassionate person. It's important to seek out a psychotherapist with expertise in grief counseling. If the problem occurred because of physical stress, counseling is still very much indicated, particularly with someone trained in mind-body medicine. ...Read more

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

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

Uncommon: The majority of cases of takotsubo cardiomiopathy occur in women older than 50y/o. Very uncommon diagnosis. I have seen one case in 28 years of practice. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Has anyone seen broken heart syndrome(stress induced cardiomyopathy) happen to a person more than once and did it kill them?

Yes and no: I have seen several patients with broken heart syndrome, almost all of the patients made a remarkable recovery, no one died, the long term prognosis is usually very good. I have not had a recurrence even though this has been reported. A study that followed 41 patient with broken heart for almost three years, there was 2 recurrences and no deaths. ...Read more

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Can you have prolonged (I.e 24/7) stress cardiomyopathy symptoms (or heart pain caused by stress). As opposed to just one significant event?

Can you have prolonged (I.e 24/7) stress cardiomyopathy symptoms (or heart pain caused by stress). As opposed to just one significant event?

24/7 chest pain is: usually not the heart.There are many other structures in the chest that can cause persistant pain.Seek help from your doc.He can rule out heart problems,which would ,at least,give you some peace of mind. ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

Cardiomyopathy is 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 it throughout the body. A common symptom is chest pain, although mild cases ...Read more


Dr. Ira Katz
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Broken Heart Syndrome (Definition)

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