Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

“My heart has been broken many times. But now it feels like I am going to die!” Usually people with a broken heart or a great loss utter such a thing. Many times we try to console them and many times simply ignore. But, how far they are saying the truth or speaking their inner hurt? Can you die of a broken heart? This is something we are going to talk about in the following paragraphs. So, spend few minutes to read the content and know by yourself.

Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

Can You Die Of A Broken Heart?

“Yes! You can actually die from a broken heart.” Actually it is a medical condition we can say, and this can really cause severe cardiac issues, including death. “Broken heart syndrome” is what the condition is referred to as. It is also known as “Stress- induced cardiomyopathy” and also “Takotsubo cardiomyopathy”.

Broken heart syndrome can strike you even if you are absolutely healthy. Though regardless of the gender, age and lifestyle; anyone can suffer from a broken heart syndrome, it is far more experienced by women than men. Generally postmenopausal women are most likely to develop this condition.

There is a sudden and very severe chest pain caused due to a stressful event such as loss of a loved one, divorce, betrayal, rejection in relationships and so on.

As per the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, it is estimated that in the year 2007, 1.2 million people in the US would have a myocardial infarction and about 1% of them(or about 12, 000 people) would have suffered broken heart syndrome that have resulted in their death.

Symptoms of Broken Heart Syndrome:

You might experience symptoms like a sudden chest pain, breath shortness or difficulty breathing. These symptoms of a broken heart might sound similar to a heart attack, but the two conditions are quite different from each other. Broken heart syndrome can cause the arteries to slow the flow of blood; but a heart attack causes complete blockage of the arteries to your chest.

Treatments of Broken Heart Syndrome:

It must be mentioned that the symptoms of a broken heart syndrome is always treatable in most cases and in many cases, one can have a complete recovery within a few weeks. You might require staying only for a few days in hospital if you develop a broken heart syndrome.

Generally the symptoms of broken heart syndrome can be absolutely treated with medicine so as to help the blood flow, prevent any blood clot and also to help control the blood pressure.

Prevention of Broken Heart Syndrome:

In order to prevent broken heart syndrome or safeguard yourself or your loved ones from dying because of a broken heart, you must primarily focus on reliving stress out of life. Doing regular exercise, getting adequate amount of sleep, avoiding alcohol consumption, reducing the intake of caffeine, and practicing deep breathing and meditation, are some of the ways to release stress.

Conclusion:

So, now that we are aware of the broken heart syndrome and also know that one can die of a broken heart, it is the right time for each one of us to try and manage our day-to-day stress and also take care of our heart and life in the best possible way. If you have recently experienced any severe loss or rejection and are feeling a heart broken, make sure that you reach out to someone who can console you, and guide you in an appropriate way. You must also talk to your doctor and take his advice to follow the appropriate care of self.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: February 8, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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