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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