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'Broken Heart Syndrome,' Can Have Symptoms Similar to Heart Attack, Study Finds

Updated: Monday, February 10 2014, 07:02 PM EST

The pain of a "broken heart" can be serious, doctors say, and can actually affect a person's health.

Studies have shown those who suffer from "broken heart syndrome" may go through a temporary heart condition with symptoms much like a heart attack, according to the Mayo Clinic.  Those suffering from the condition are so stressed over losing their love they suffer chest pains and shortness of breath, even dizziness.  Doctors say the symptoms are often brought on by a surge of stress hormones.  

The syndrome in some cases causes part of the heart to temporarily enlarge and not pump well, which in rare situations can cause serious consequences. Medically the condition is referred to as "stress-induced cardiomyopathy."  

In most cases, broken heart syndrome is reversible, and treatable.  Time heals all wounds.  But doctors warn, a broken heart should always be taken seriously. 

'Broken Heart Syndrome,' Can Have Symptoms Similar to Heart Attack, Study Finds


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