Monday, 20 May 2013

The Broken Heart Syndrome

Over the weekend, I was watching my favorite TV series of all time, House M.D., which is about medical mysteries and a diagnostic genius, who is also a narcotic pain killer addict. One very interesting patient had Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy or Stress-Induced Cardiomyopathy, commonly referred to as "Broken Heart Syndrome." This is a temporary and often sudden heart condition brought on a person by a stressful event. Women are more likely than men to experience the sudden, intense chest pain — the reaction to a surge of stress hormones — that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event. It could be the death of a loved one or even a divorce, breakup or physical separation, betrayal or romantic rejection. It could even happen after a good shock (like winning a lottery), according to the American Heart Association.

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According to the University of Rochester's Christine Thompkins, "broken heart syndrome," or acute heart failure triggered by stress, is a real condition that can happen to healthy people with healthy hearts. Its symptoms include chest pain and life-threatening arrhythmias (an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart), but it can be treated and reversed. Broken heart
syndrome may be misdiagnosed as a heart attack because the symptoms and test results are similar. In broken heart syndrome, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the rest of your heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions. Researchers are just starting to learn about more causes, and how to diagnose and treat it more effectively.

I am of the view that every man or woman aged over 18 has at least experienced the agony of a broken heart. I again believe that, the grief that a disappointment from a boy or girl one thought will spend the rest of his or her life with is the most painful, as compared to the broken heart a business collapse or a disappointment from a family member may bring. I know you the reader also has some perceptions about a heart break that you wish some statistical data can reveal. Lets start from here, kindly take the short survey by clicking on "Questionnaire" below. Results of the study will be analysed and interpreted as soon as a "good" amount of responses are generated. 

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  1. Scientific man is back again lol.

    1. hahaha, oh charleey, i miss those times when every single sentence i made was backed by a scientific proof. am a social researcher now, lol

  2. economistaTerry28 May 2013 at 02:08

    sure, and the functioning of our emotional heart is equally paramount. When it stops working, it affects the powerhouse (brain) and shuts the main engine, also known as the physical heart down.


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