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When science found out about broken hearts

Last Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 21:18

London: If you`re nursing a broken heart this Valentine`s day, then please take note: "broken heart syndrome" is a recognized medical condition.

The Wall Street Journal says the syndrome arises when physical or emotional stress causes "concussion" of the heart, reports New Scientist.

However, the good news is: the condition is reversible. If you`re broken-hearted, normal function will resume within a few weeks.

According to the Journal, the condition is "typically triggered by acute emotion or physical trauma that releases a surge of adrenaline that overwhelms the heart. The effect is to freeze much of the left ventricle, the heart`s main pumping chamber, disrupting its ability to contract and effectively pump blood."

The medical term for "broken heart syndrome" is takotsubo cardiomyopathy.


First Published: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 21:18

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