Can You Really Suffer from a Broken Heart? (Video)

Broken Heart Syndrome can look and feel like a heart attack

Can You Really Suffer from a Broken Heart? (Video)

By: Steven Nissen, MD

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Do you ever wonder if grief, that ache of loss in your chest, could be associated with a real medical issue?

Turns out, there is such a thing as Broken Heart Syndrome. It is a type of cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disease. When it does occur, it most often happens after an extreme emotional experience.

For reasons that are not well understood, a person will experience a huge surge of adrenaline that can stimulate a heart attack. The heart muscle stops contracting, and it will appear to be a heart attack, even when an electrocardiogram is performed.

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However, unlike a heart attack, there is no blockage in the heart — just a contraction problem.

Watch this video to learn more.

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Read more expert advice from Steven Nissen, MD, on his blog.

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