The syndrome feels similar to a heart attack, and can occur in people dealing with physical or emotional stress. The syndrome, more formally known as takotsubo or stress cardiomyopathy, produces symptoms that feel like a heart attack — weakened heart muscles, shortness of breath and chest pain. But it is instead caused by physical or emotional stress that leads the heart muscles to dysfunction, and it is far less deadly. Most patients recover in a few days. Between March 1 and April 30, cardiologists saw patients with acute coronary syndrome, and of those, 7.
Cases of broken heart syndrome have ticked upward since pandemic began, study finds
Broken heart syndrome - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
A Cleveland Clinic study has identified a recent increase in cases of broken-heart syndrome that researchers attribute to stress from the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Morris, Advance Local. CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Clinic cardiologists have seen a notable increase in cases of broken-heart syndrome during the coronavirus pandemic, indicating the psychological and emotional stress of the crisis is adversely affecting physical health. Broken-heart syndrome , the colloquial name for stress cardiomyopathy, causes dysfunction or failure in the heart muscle. Patients experience symptoms similar to a heart attack, but usually do not have acutely blocked coronary arteries. Doctors commonly attribute it to psychological, social or emotional stress.
The COVID pandemic may be taking a toll on Americans' heart health even if they're not infected with the virus: According to research published Thursday in JAMA Open Network , cases of broken heart syndrome are on the rise among people without the illness. The condition , which is distinct from a heart attack, goes by several names, including stress cardiomyopathy and takotsubo syndrome. It occurs when part of the heart becomes enlarged and is unable to pump blood effectively.
By Australian Associated Press. Australian researchers say they've figured out a conundrum that's been a mystery since the dawn of time - how to mend a broken heart. The landmark study by Monash University has for the first time uncovered a way to prevent and reverse damage caused by broken-heart syndrome, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The syndrome causes a weakening of the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber and is brought on by stressful emotional triggers often following traumatic events - such as the death of a loved one or a family separation. The condition mimics a heart attack with chest pain, shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat.