What is “broken heart syndrome”?

Mary A. McLaughlin, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome, affects women more often than men. In this video, cardiologis Mary Ann McLaughlin, MD, explains what causes the syndrome and why it's often mistaken for a heart attack.

Susie Whitworth
Nursing
Broken heart syndrome can be brought on by sudden stress such as the loss of a loved one. The condition is usually temporary and the symptoms are treatable. Symptoms include chest pain caused by the temporary enlargement of the heart.
Broken heart syndrome usually subsides within a week with no residual effects.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Administration

Broken heart syndrome, also known as a faux heart attack, is a response to physical and emotional stress with all the symptoms of a heart attack without actually being a heart attack. Stressors such as the loss of a loved one, severe migraines, or stroke or asthma flare-ups may precipitate a faux heart attack.

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Heart and Circulatory System

Heart and Circulatory System

Your circulatory system is made up of your heart and three main types of blood vessels -- arteries, veins and capillaries. Your heart is at the center of the system, acting as a pump to distribute nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood t...

hrough your body; it then takes away carbon dioxide and other waste your body doesn't need. Signs of poor circulation include cold hands and feet, numbness, dizziness, migraines, varicose veins and pain in your feet or legs. Untreated, poor circulation can lead to stroke, high blood pressure, kidney damage and other diseases. Learn more about your heart and circulatory system with expert advice from Sharecare.
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