Sometimes an MI is really a "broken heart"?

  1. sometimes a heart attack is really a 'broken heart'
    by ed edelson, healthday reporter

    wednesday, feb. 9 (healthday news) -- it seems the heart can really break, although it can also recover rapidly from the damage wrought by a sudden emotional shock.

    the phenomenon is known as "broken heart syndrome," and it can trigger severe, temporary heart muscle weakness that mimics a classic heart attack, johns hopkins scientists claim in a new report.

    their study describes 20 patients, almost all of them women, who were hospitalized with all the symptoms of a heart attack, including chest pain, shortness of breath, fluid in the lungs and drastically reduced ability of the heart to pump blood.

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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Now THAT is fascinating. A couple of my co-workers suggested something along those lines when I had my false alarm a few days ago........I haven't had any dramatic stress events recently, though, just the chronic worries of a middle-aged, fulltime-working mom with one child in the Armed Forces, a grandchild on the way, too many bills and too little money, a sister in ill health, and no vacations in 5 years.

    And I didn't even think I was under stress, just because I've had much worse times in my life! :chuckle
  4. by   URO-RN
    Marla, why don't you try to dedicate at least one day to yourself?, a day of beauty, or book a stay at a hotel, maybe overnight? Nannas need to take care of themselves too so they have enough energy to spoil the grandchildren rotten.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I read that today - very interesting.

    Gotta love medicine.

  6. by   live4today
    hmmm....that is interesting! i've experienced a "broken heart" before -- more than once, more than twice....too much stress....
  7. by   leslie :-D
    when my grandmother died, my grandfather lived on hot cocoa and that was it. he asked me to move in w/him- so my dh (#1) was making plans to transfer to nyc where he was willing to work (same company). as we were preparing, a got a call from grandpa's neighbor stating he was in the hospital. medically they couldn't find anything major wrong with him except for the possibility of a tia....but he died anyway- the doctor back in 1980, stated he died from a broken heart. also said he had the heart of a 50yo with some abnormalities that had resolved on their perhaps this concept isn't new.
    but i definitely believe he died of a broken heart....God rest his soul.

  8. by   abundantjoy07
    Very interesting. The heart has always been fascinating to me. It sounds like the panic attack I had a while was so crazy I actually went to the hospital...only to find out nothing was wrong. I really can't argue aganist all of the blood tests and the ECG that was done. It made me feel so silly...when the doctor looked at me 6 hours later. "You're 21 years old...why on earth would you think think you were having a heart attack?" UGH. I still didn't sleep well that night. Humm...maybe we all suffer from a broken heart every now and then. In any case, I think most of us are just overstressed. With so many demands, worries, and responsibilities and so little lasting moments of bliss life can get tough. It's just another way our body lets us know that we have too much going on. We should all take a break every now and then. :-)