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.
Stress on the Heart. Stress cardiomyopathy or "takotsubo" cardiomyopathy is a condition where acute stress activates the sympathetic nerves (nerves which release adrenalin-like compounds) and this stuns the heart and can feel like a heart attack. Fortunately the heart fully recovers within 2 weeks or so. Ptsd does not directly cause this condition, but those suffering from ptsd might be more susceptible.
Probably. Stress cardiomyopathy is a relatively newly recognized entity and I personally have not seen a case but from reports I've read, I would certainly think that they could be related.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Possible. But it would be a very rare occurrence of a very rare syndrome. Probably would be "reportable.".
No. There are three types of cardiomyopathies, hypertrophic, dilated and restrictive.
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.
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..
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.
Yes. Yes & no. Yes I've seen it plenty...Seems like incidence is rising but perhaps we are just more aware. I've had 3 patients with recurrence who were no longer on beta blockers (treatment of choice) at time of recurrence. No, no deaths. Thankfully!
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.