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Can you really die from a broken heart?

The loss of something you love can easily leave you with a broken heart, feeling as though you are going to die. A traumatic experience can also leave you feeling as though your heart is about to burst. So, is it possible to die from a broken heart?

Doctors say yes, it is possible but they also say it’s unlikely.

The proper term is actually broken heart syndrome and according to healthcare professions, a person can die from a broken heart. The syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, tends to strike women more than men.

The sudden chest pain you may feel is your reaction to a surge of stress hormones. Sometimes broken heart syndrome is misdiagnosed as a heart attack, since the two do share several medical commonalities such as dramatic changes in rhythm and blood substances.

The big difference, however, is a lack of blocked arteries. During broken heart syndrome, part of your heart temporarily becomes larger and just doesn’t pump normally. This happens suddenly after an extremely stressful physical or emotional event.

While it is not particularly well understood, doctors say that although it is possible, you are extremely unlikely to actually die of a broken heart.

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