Just about all of us have had our hearts broken at one time or another. Now however, researchers from Johns Hopkins have discovered severe grief can cause a real medical condition that looks much like a heart attack, and is often misdiagnosed.
Pat Massof remembers the good times she spent with her mother who died last year. Pat felt like she lost her best friend.
Then, Pat had intense chest pains and was told she had a massive heart attack.
However, a cardiologist from Johns Hopkins diagnosed Pat with Broken Heart Syndrome.
It happens when stress causes the body to release enough adrenaline to stun the heart.
It looks like a heart attack, but is much different.
”While the heart muscle looks very weak at the time that the person comes in, it fully recovers, and they’re left with no permanent damage,” explains Cardiologist Iilan Wittstein, M.D. at John Hopkins.
If you have intense chest pain after a stressful event, see your doctor right away.
Broken Heart Syndrome is treated like a heart attack at first, but after a few days, you will not require therapies.