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Broken heart syndrome: not just for valentine’s day anymore

Can the Heart Really Be Broken?

There are certain parts of the year like, for example Valentine's Day, when lonely people feel even lonelier because of the atmosphere they cannot be a part of. Usually, when these people have lost those they had loved, they start suffering from what we call a broken heart syndrome.

Truly, people can have a broken heart. Actually, this is a condition close to a heart attack, having the same symptoms like tightness in chest, abrupt change in the heartbeat rate etc. Therefore, our emotions are a very powerful tool which can affect our health significantly. The same is with a broken heart. Our body triggers the production of stress hormones and, in the long run, triggers adrenal fatigue, damaging our heart.

However, this condition is only temporary, when compared to a real, regular heart attack. This means that a broken heart can be reversed and the symptoms can disappear, leaving one healthy once again. During heart attacks, however, the heart gets permanently damaged. Nevertheless, if not attended, a broken heart can have serious effects upon one's health as well.

Heart Attack Vs a Broken Heart

Due to all the similarities between these two conditions, they are often misinterpreted. Actually, a broken heart is perceived to be a heart attack. During a serious research on the subject, the scientists noticed that, among a group of patients examined for heart problems, only 5% of the group had actual heart attack symptoms while all the other people, predominantly postmenopausal women, had the broken heart syndrome.

These women had either lost someone dear to them, like a diseased husband or a child, or have been suffering from depression for a longer time, again grieving over something. This gave science additional reasons for more researches since this may be a cause enough for a series of medical breakthroughs and a change of perspective towards heart attack as a condition. Emotions truly guide us more than we presume and have an effect so strong that, in some cases, they can be the cause of a person developing a serious condition, one's general health deterioration and even death.

Therefore, emotions should have a great impact on one's medical diagnosis, bearing witness of one's condition and helping in the treatment of this person, due to the fact that this kind of a heart problem can be treated more easily than a regular heart attack.

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