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Heart Health

20 July 2011

Broken heart syndrome affects many

"Broken heart syndrome" - a temporary form of acute heart failure caused by a sudden weakening of the heart muscle - may affect more people than previously thought, a new study suggests.

"Broken heart syndrome" - a temporary form of acute heart failure caused by a sudden weakening of the heart muscle - may affect more people than previously thought, a new study suggests.

In 71% of the patients, the researchers identified a significantly stressful event less than 48 hours before the development of the heart condition. Of those cases, 30% of the triggers involved emotional stress, and 41% were the result of physical stress. At the time of treatment, 87% of patients had abnormal electrocardiograms (tests that record the electrical activity in the heart to identify those at risk for heart attack).

What the study showed

 

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