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With broken heart syndrome what else should I be looking for?

With broken heart syndrome what else should I be looking for?

Take meds,follow up: Broken heart syndrome is more common in women and in diabetics. While most people recover the heart function with time occasional fatalities can occur from arrhythmias and severe heart failure. It is important to be monitored in the hospital in the initial stages, take medications prescribed regularly and have a follow up echo to look for improvement of heart pump function. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Broken Heart Syndrome (Definition)

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


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Whats a broken heart syndrome?

Whats a broken heart syndrome?

Stressed heartache: Broken heart syndrome refers to a very stressful situation, such as loss of loved one, and may present as sudden chest pain. It is not a heart attack, but is brought on by a surge of the body's stress hormones, causing the heart to temporarily pump abnormally. Resolves in about a week. However, one cannot presume chest pain during severe stress is this, and a physician must make this determination. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with broken heart syndrome. What do I need to know?

My sister was diagnosed with broken heart syndrome. What do I need to know?

Good outcome: This represents a transient condition with typically great outcome and full recovery. She may need some more aggressive medical support in the first few days, but usually the "broken heart" goes away in days to weeks. ...Read more

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Are there any statistics on how common broken heart syndrome in people as young as 19?

Are there any statistics on how common broken heart syndrome in people as young as 19?

No: There are no statistics for that age group. Be reassured though, it's a very rare syndrome. I've been a physician for 40 years (a cardiologist for 30) and have only seen 1 case. ...Read more

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Could one die from broken heart syndrome?

Could one die from broken heart syndrome?

Stress cardiomyopath: Cortisol weakens the immune system. The autonomic nervous system can become imbalanced. However, the worst problem is the withdrawal from the Dopamine high and the oxytocin high that literally kept you in love with and high on ( read addicted to) your love your partner. See a good review at: www.Ehow.Com/how-does_4568002_broken-heart-physically... How does a broken heart physically ... On a rare occasion deaths have been reported. ...Read more

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I'm scared of getting too upset because I don't want to get broken heart syndrome. ?

I'm scared of getting too upset because I don't want to get broken heart syndrome. ?

Relationships: All relationships have a degree of risk about them. That notwithstanding, you cannot let fear of failure make decisions for you in relationships or in anything else in life. Reworded, you cannot be afraid to try. If you do not try, you get nothing. ...Read more

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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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Broken heart syndrome? Is this real? What is it?

Yes: Also called takotsubo's cardiomyopathy, it is a kind of acute weakness of the hearth muscle in which the apex of the heart tends to "balloon" thus making the heart resemble an octopus trap ( or tako -tsubo) although associated with significant stressors like death of a loved one, etc.. It can be seen in the absence of these. It causes heart failure but may spontaneously improve. ...Read more