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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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 U hav prolonged (on & off pain all day) stress cardiomyopathy symptoms (or heart pain caused by stress). As opposed to just one significant event?
CM not painful: Cardiomyopathy is not painful. It's damaged heart muscle that leads to impairment of the pumping action of the heart. It usually leads to shortness of breath with exertion. You may be talking about Takotsubo cardiomyopathy which seems to be associated with a very high level of stress, usually an acute event. but again, not painful. It's diagnosed by echocardiogram and resolves in most cases. ...Read more
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