Because You have always heard people mention that term, and yet you are not sure just what it means. Well, to be fast and quick about. it, a Broken Heart Syndrome is an actual medical condition brought on by a surge of stress-related hormones that temporarily "stun" the heart. In other words, It can be caused by an argument, frustrating work situation, death of a friend or relative, recent medical diagnosis, or even an unexpected wedding proposal. And the reason that Broken Heart Syndrome has such an effect on the human being, it is because an adult heart beats about 70 times a minute, which adds up to 100,000 times a day, and around 2.5 billion times over the course of the average lifetime. And so with all this pumping going on, then You can see how any kind of deep stress or sudden shock can affect the Human Heart.
Broken heart syndrome, is also referred to as Stress Cardiomyopathy. And Myocardial (heart muscle) or Cardiomyopathy is defined as a diminishment of the heart’s ability and capacity to pump blood, often accompanied by enlargement of the heart. A primary consequence of cardiomyopathy is heart failure (the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs). And then You have the more serious condition that You have also heard about, which is Myocardial Infarction. And it is defined as the death of myocardial tissue and interruption of the heart’s function
And when it comes to Broken Heart Syndrome, it is important to note: Sudden emotional stress can result in heart failure of healthy individuals who have no previous history of heart disease, and can cause severe but reversible heart-muscle weakness, mimicking a classic myocardial infarction. Also, the adrenaline may bind to the heart cells directly causing large amounts of calcium to enter the cells which render them temporarily dysfunctional.
Patients who experience stress cardiomyopathy usually only require short-term treatment because the heart normally recovers by itself. And research shows the growing need for incorporating all aspects of health care, including physical, emotional and spiritual, so that overwhelming, even "heart-breaking" events don’t have to take a toll on our health.
Broken Heart Syndrome... What Is That? Now you know that whenever someone has said to you that he or she was suffering from it, that they not only had their heart broken by a situation - feeling wise, but that it was also a medical condition and You should check them for any other signs or symptoms or greater complications. All Because Good Health is the most important gift of life, since You can't do anything without it... Your Health Advocate, James Dazouloute
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