More Broken Heart Syndrome cases reported during pandemic
The condition happens in response to physical or emotional stress and causes the heart not the function properly
LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – A new study shows that people are at a higher risk for stress-induced cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome.
The condition happens in response to physical or emotional stress and causes the heart not the function properly.
The stress causes a weakening of the left ventricle which can cause heart failure similar to a heart attack, but without any of the plaque build-up that is usually associated with a heart attack.
The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, found a significant increase in occurrences of “broken heart syndrome” during the pandemic.
“Postmenopausal, elderly women are more at risk for stress-induced cardiomyopathy than the general population,” said Nkechi Ijioma, a cardiologist with Mayo Clinic.
Broken Heart syndrome was first identified in Japan about 25 years ago, there were just over 6,000 reported cases in 2012.
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