A broken heart is nothing to joke about, especially when it can develop into a serious condition.
In the video below, Dr. Zachary Goldberger explains how a broken heart can mimic heart attack symptoms.
“The broken heart syndrome is actually a form of cardiomyopathy, which is a weakening of the heart muscle,” he says. “Typically, we see it in middle-aged women, 60s to 70s, who have had some sort of emotional or physical stress.”
Dr. Dawn DeWitt of Washington State University told KCPQ Seattle, “When a person’s heart ‘breaks,’ the left ventricle actually weakens, decreasing its ability to pump, creating chest pain and shortness of breath.”
So what’s the difference between a heart attack and this condition? Well, in this case, the arteries of the heart are clear and the left ventricle takes on a strange balloon shape.
Another huge difference between the two conditions is that unlike a heart attack, broken heart syndrome is fairly short-lived.
“In many patients, the symptoms of broken heart syndrome go away after a few weeks,” Dr. DeWitt added. “But a smaller number can face serious complications, such as heart failure.”
This is just another reason to prioritize your health!
Check out the signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome in the video below, and please SHARE if you’re surprised to hear that this is an actual condition!
Footage and photos provided by KCPQ Seattle
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