April 6, 2014

“brokenen Heart Syndrome”

1 Natural Disasters Can Tweak Your Ticker

According to University of Arkansas researchers, natural disasters can literally "break your heart." They found that instances of "broken heart syndrome," a condition in which the victim's left ventricle swells up and weakens temporarily, tend to spike in the wake of major natural disasters. The syndrome, which is known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can cause false signs of a heart attack such as shortness of breath and chest pain, but is short-lived and not damaging. It has been associated with great physical or emotional stress of a personal nature, but the researchers found "clusters" of reported episodes in Vermont at the time of the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011, and in Missouri that same year concentrated around the area hit by the huge Joplin tornado.

More at Thedailybeast.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real

Tags: Broken Heart Syndrome, Heartbreaking Disasters, Natural Disasters and Health, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, University of Arkansas Research

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