Source: Daily Mail
- Condition brought on by sudden or prolonged stress can lead to heart failure
- Tests show dramatic changes in rhythm and blood substances typical of a heart attack, but no artery blockages.
The end of a romance or the death of a loved one really can cause the heart to break – and women are the most likely to suffer.
Research shows that a shock or emotional trauma can trigger the symptoms of a heart attack or other cardiac problem.
Women are up to nine times more likely to suffer ‘broken heart syndrome’, the first large-scale study of the condition has concluded.
Doctors say the classic case involves the death of a husband triggering a rush of adrenaline and other stress hormones that cause the heart’s main pumping chamber to balloon suddenly and malfunction.
Tests show dramatic changes in rhythm and blood substances typical of a heart attack, but none of the artery blockages that typically cause one.
Most patients recover with no lasting damage, but 1 per cent of cases prove fatal.