You Broke My Heart-Literally?
People who lose a loved one are quite sorrow strucken, so strucken that the phrase, ”a broken heart” is used. Yet, does the heart itself, as an organ, and not a metaphorical symbol suffer really? Recent studies show that the heart itself can suffer physical symptoms from extreme grief.
The online news agency, Mailonline, in the article, “How broken heart syndrome PROTECTS the grief-stricken from dying” discusses this below.
People who suffer from intense grief after the death of a loved one are often said to be at risk of dying from a broken heart after developing symptoms of cardiac arrest.
But scientists studying ‘broken heart syndrome’ have found the condition may actually have a protective purpose by stopping the organ being pumped with too much adrenaline.
Around one or two per cent of people who are initially thought to have suffered a heart attack are diagnosed with the syndrome, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
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