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.