What is Broken Heart Syndrome?

What is Broken Heart Syndrome?

Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that’s often brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. Ever seen in a movie or on the news: Sweethearts married for decades die within a few days of each other. People call it “broken heart syndrome,” and It is real.

The condition can also be triggered by a serious physical illness or surgery. People with broken heart syndrome may have sudden chest pain or think they are having a heart attack. The symptoms of broken heart syndrome are treatable, and the condition usually reverses itself in days or weeks.

What Causes Broken Heart Syndrome?

The problem happens when psychological distress triggers sudden weakness of the heart muscle. It can be caused by sudden shock or acute anxiety. Doctors call it “stress-induced cardiomyopathy” or “takotsubo myopathy”.

The heart has its mysteries, including the reason why it can suddenly grow weak due to physical or emotional stress. It could be that a flood of stress hormone is too much to handle. Other theory is that the adrenaline may causes the arteries to narrow so much that they cut off blood supply to the heart muscle.

Losing a loved one can be emotionally devastating. It is rare, but sometimes an overwhelming loss can affect physical health, including the heart, too.

What are the Symptoms?

Broken Heart Syndrome can feel like heart attack. Common symptoms include: chest pain, difficulty breathing, and rapid irregular heartbeat. If you are having any of these symptoms, call 911 or emergency medical assistance immediately.

Who Gets It?

It can happen to anyone, but it is more common among women than men, in middle age or older. What makes the condition even more puzzling is that the people who get it usually have no history of heart trouble.

While we tend to hear about broken heart syndrome when someone loses her long-time spouse or partner, it can happen in other situations, too. Someone might go through it after a major relationship breakup, serious financial problems, job loss, or domestic abuse. It can also happen in situations that make you extremely anxious, like public speaking, or very startled, such as a surprise party. The stress of surgery and other major physical issues may also act as a trigger.

Broken hear syndrome is often preceded by an intense physical or emotional event. There is a small chance that broken heart syndrome can happen again after a first episode. Recognizing and managing stress in your life may also be important in helping to prevent broken heart syndrome.

How to Recover and Prevent from Emotional Stress?

1.TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS.

Don’t ever feel bad for asking for assistance or bringing up “negative” emotions to others – most people actually can’t wait to give support in any way they can. What if talking about your feelings actually makes you a strong person because you feel comfortable with vulnerability, and know how to swallow your pride to admit you need help?

2. ACCEPT YOUR CURRENT EMOTIONS.

You must realize that on some conscious level, you created those highly stressful situations, so you must deal with what you manifested accordingly. After you have accepted that you played a part in creating the stress, you can consciously work on establishing more desirable outcomes.

3. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.

If you can’t remember the last time you did any of these things, book a vacation or massage, and go to the store to get all the fixings for your cake. You deserve it, especially after going through a traumatic experience.Show yourself some love and become your own best friend; after all, no one in the world can offer you love the way you can.

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4. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO START OVER.

If you feel you have endured so much pain that you can’t possibly get through it, then just wipe your slate clean and start all over again. That may mean moving to a new city, getting a new job, getting out of a toxic relationship, or just reinventing yourself.

You can’t create your future if you stay stuck in the past, so leave it behind and remember that with each new sunrise, you can become whoever and whatever you desire.

If your heart has been broken, it will take time for you to completely heal. At the time of the break-up, almost everyone thinks they will never feel normal again. It’s amazing to see our own resilience rise from these challenging moments in life. RThe deeper your emotions, the longer it will take to heal.

Warmly,

Michelle

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