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Heart Health

17 November 2011

Broken heart syndrome

Broken heart syndrome - a temporary heart condition brought on by extreme physical or emotional stress - occurs overwhelmingly in women compared to men, a new study suggests.

Broken heart syndrome - a temporary heart condition brought on by extreme physical or emotional stress - occurs overwhelmingly in women compared to men, a new study suggests.

Known clinically as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, broken heart syndrome causes a temporary enlargement of part of the heart, while the rest of the organ functions normally or with more forceful contractions. Symptoms mimic a heart attack and trigger chest pain, shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat and generalised weakness. The condition is treatable and typically resolves within a week, though it is fatal in rare cases.

 

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