Pandemic, and Broken Heart Syndrome

I know you heard many times before expression broken heart.    

Whenever a person was under severe physical or emotional stress and had symptoms similar to the heart attack, broken heart expression was used.

In the beginning, this term was not accepted as an official diagnosis. In 2010, ”broken heart syndrome” was coined.    

Broken heart syndrome looks like a heart attack, but the difference is enormous. People who experience broken heart syndrome can recover completely in a few days or weeks. The disease is only sometimes fatal, after the massive stress-related event, with extreme emotions.

The reason for the significant stress event could be anything or anything you can imagine.

Now, broken heart syndrome is the official diagnosis, with the name Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM).

By definition, cardiomyopathies are diseases of the heart muscle.

No one knows for sure how, or why, broken heart syndrome happens. It can be caused by severe physical illness, surgery, or with any other stressful situation.

Doctors know that people with broken heart syndrome can experience symptoms, like shortness of breath, chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, and even fainting, but no damage to the muscle from lack of oxygenation.

One of the explanations of broken heart syndrome is a physical reaction to emotional or physical stress increases the release of stress hormones, which may, for a short period, briefly lower the heart’s effectiveness at pumping blood.

We are now in pandemic time, and due to high stress and lack of control, broken heart syndrome is rising among the general population.

Generally speaking, during these days of the pandemic, people are more overwhelmed by stress than before. Some people are more sensitive than others, and they can feel more vulnerable than others.

Therefore, especially in this pandemic era, everyone needs to pay attention to their mental health and protect themselves from getting broken heart syndrome.