Valentine’s Day may be a good time to raise awareness of broken heart syndrome.
Yes, it’s real. According to Mayo Clinic, broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one.
A sudden surge of stress hormones may cause heart-attack-like symptoms such as:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
During an episode, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the rest of the heart functions normally. The condition was originally called takotsubo cardiomyopathy. It is also referred to as stress-induced cardiomyopathy or apical ballooning syndrome
The good news is that broken heart syndrome is treatable, and it usually reverses itself in about a week. In the meantime, though, don’t take any chances. Anyone who experiences symptoms should be seen.