There are few things in life that feel worse than having your heart broken.
Your world hurtles off its axis. Nauseating. Rumination.
Tubs of icecream and tears.
My dad used to tell me no one ever died from a broken heart.
Or can they?
Although it’s rare, people can actually die of a broken heart because of a thing called Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (or “Broken Heart Syndrome”). Broken Heart Syndrome feels like a heart attack – shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue and heart palpitations. However, Broken Heart Syndrome is a temporary inflammatory heart disease. During an emotionally stressful time, the body releases stress hormones that cause the pumping of the heart to reduce.
Women are more likely than men to suffer from this and in the majority of cases Broken Heart Syndrome is completely treatable. In rare cases, it may lead to death and cardiologists think Broken Heart Syndrome explains why some people, particularly the elderly, die shortly after their partner passes away.
While we can’t change the fact that life will present us with emotionally traumatic situations, we can work on developing techniques for how best to deal with the stress – this might just be the key to preventing a broken heart.