Sunday, January 24, 2016

Broken Heart Syndrome

There is a label for the intense pain and suffering that those who grieve may feel. It is called “Broken Heart Syndrome,” and it is brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. It manifests as a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping.

Symptoms can include chest pain and shortness of breath. It affects more women than men. It is attributed to a reaction to a surge of stress hormone, and can occur after the death of a child. The condition may also be called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy by doctors.

It is treatable and the discomfort should abate with time. It is definitely something you should discuss with your physician. Perhaps there is something he can prescribe to help. It can be scary because you feel like you are having a heart attack.

One mother said, “There are times that I hurt so much from losing my child that I could swear that every bone in my body feels as if they are breaking along with my heart.”

In addition to losing a child or any loved one, some potential triggers of broken heart syndrome are

*A frightening medical diagnosis
*Domestic abuse
*Losing a lot of money
*Natural disasters
*Having to perform publicly
*Job loss
*Physical stressors, such as a car accident or major surgery

It’s also possible that some drugs may cause this condition by causing a surge of stress hormones. Again, it is recommended to talk to your doctor.

Keep in mind that heart attacks are generally caused by a complete or near complete blockage of a heart artery due to a blood clot in the wall of the artery. In broken heart syndrome, the heart’s arteries are not blocked, although blood flow in the arteries of the heart may be reduced.

Do not panic if this happens to you. Try to keep your stress level low, even though it may be very difficult at times. This is something you can get through.

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