Many people have been wondering: is it really possible to die of a broken heart? According to healthline.com, the loss of a spouse can greatly affect the elderly and can lead them to develop the broken heart syndrome. Here are more facts about the said syndrome:
According to Dr. Felix Elwert, Ph.D., the broken heart syndrome is an effect and not just a ‘coincidence’.
The broken heart syndrome is otherwise known as the widowhood effect or the takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Dr. Elwert also added that this condition is the oldest recorded findings in social demography.
Broken heart syndrome may result from gender-specific roles.
A death of a spouse for males may mean that nobody is there to take care of them, do the household chores, or cook for them. If the spouse of a woman dies, this may mean financial instability towards the woman. In addition to these, the loss of a companion may bring depression and other forms of disorders.
Physiologically, the broken heart syndrome is defined by the American Heart Association (AHA) as:
“a sudden, intense chest pain – the reaction to a surge of stress hormones – that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event.”
When you are stressed or sad, the body releases hormones. This surge of hormones may cause a sudden pang in your heart that may be very painful. Its symptoms are similar to a heart attack, so the broken heart syndrome is often misdiagnosed.
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