Researchers Are Exploring a Spike In Cases of ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ That’s Mostly Affecting Women

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When someone says they have a broken heart, they usually mean that they’re sad about the end of a relationship, particularly a romantic relationship; although, they could also be heart broken over sadness caused by something else, such as the death of a family member.

Many people don’t know that “broken heart syndrome” is a real diagnosis in the medical field, and it has nothing to do with crying because you broke up with your ex; although, in some ways, the two are related.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that’s often brought on by stressful situations and extreme emotions. The condition can also be triggered by a serious physical illness or surgery.”

Broken heart syndrome is different than a heart attack, but some people who have broken heart syndrome may think they’re experiencing a heart attack. Thankfully, broken heart syndrome is treatable, but it’s important to know the causes and symptoms.

Common symptoms of broken heart syndrome include shortness of breath and chest pain particularly after experiencing a stressful event. Researchers have discovered that when the brain is dealing with stress, people are more likely to experience broken heart syndrome.

There has been a rise in the broken heart syndrome diagnosis during the pandemic. This could be due to the stress caused by the pandemic. It could also simply be that doctors are getting better at diagnosing broken heart syndrome.

Watch the video below to learn more about broken heart syndrome and to hear the stories of several people who have received this diagnosis.

As mentioned in the video, broken heart syndrome occurs more often in women than in men, and it is more likely to occur when a women is dealing with a stressful situation.

Does it surprise you that there is an actual diagnosis known as broken heart syndrome? Does it surprise you that there is such a strong connection between the brain and the heart?