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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