Can a broken heart kill you? Emotional trauma can cause death.

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Can a broken heart kill you? Emotional trauma can cause death.

EMOTIONAL HEARTACHE can lead to a condition known as Broken Heart Syndrome.

Is it possible to die from a broken heart?

When you’re sad, heartbroken, or grieving, you may develop Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (also known as Broken Heart Syndrome).

The British Heart Foundation has revealed everything you need to know about this condition, including what causes it and whether it can be fatal.

Although there are numerous historical examples of people dying suddenly after experiencing a traumatic or emotional event, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy was first identified in Japan in the 1990s.

Following the death of a loved one, people were rushed to the hospital, where dramatic changes in their hearts were observed.

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a condition in which a portion of the heart muscle weakens as a result of emotional trauma.

Broken Heart Syndrome is the more common name for the condition, but the medical term is Japanese.

Takotsubo is derived from the Japanese word ‘tako-tsubo,’ which refers to a traditional octopus pot that resembles the heart’s left ventricle during a Takotsubo event.

The largest chamber of the heart, the left ventricle, swells and changes shape during an event, preventing the heart from pumping properly and reducing blood flow.

This results in symptoms similar to a heart attack, such as:

Medical experts aren’t entirely sure what causes Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, but the Heart Foundation of New Zealand says it could be anything from:

Takotsubo can, however, happen after a particularly happy event, such as winning a large sum of money or attending a family reunion.

People are unable to identify any type of stress that may have triggered their event in about a third of cases.

Other cardiomyopathies, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, are inherited, but not this one.

Women, particularly those who have gone through menopause and are around 66 years old on average, account for roughly 90% of those who suffer from the condition.

Broken Heart Syndrome can, in fact, result in death.

According to the British Heart Foundation, the condition is incurable and cannot be prevented.

Because Takotsubo is not the same as a heart attack, standard heart attack treatment will not help.

Dr. Dana Dawson of the University of Aberdeen is working on a project to find out, thanks to a grant from the British Heart Foundation.

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