Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

MP900396129[1]Ah, Valentines Day is almost here.

For those of you with someone to have and hold here’s wishing you a Happy Valentines Day.

For those who are less lucky in love remember you are loved and loveable.

So, to the question raised above “Can you die of a broken heart?”

The quick answer is yes, there is a condition known as Broken Heart Syndrome.

According to the Mayo Clinic –  Broken Heart Syndrome is a temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. People with broken heart syndrome may have sudden chest pain or think they’re having a heart attack. These broken heart syndrome symptoms may be brought on by the heart’s reaction to a surge of stress hormones. In broken heart syndrome, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the remainder of the heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions.

From the National Institutes of Mental Health –How are depression and heart disease linked?

More information on Broken Heart syndrome from Johns Hopkins.

For this Valentines Day why not forget the roses and instead reach out to someone who may need the warmth of a true friend?

posted by – Susan, Health Reference


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