Broken Heart Syndrome Is A Serious Matter

Posted on April 21, 2021 by American Heritage under Grief & Healing
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Silhouette broken heart,close up woman hand holding broken heart in the park.When someone mentions a broken heart or that their “heart is breaking”, what do you picture? A cartoon involving a jagged line running through a heart? In real life, a “broken heart” can be an actual thing. In fact, there’s something referred to as broken heart syndrome. As a result of this occurrence, cardiac consequences can truly happen.

Ties have been established by experts between heart disease, mental health, and depression. Here, we will include some information about how your heart can be impacted by extremely stressful events, such as the sudden loss of a loved one, and broken heart syndrome.

What Is Broken Heart Syndrome?

First things first – broken heart syndrome is real. Another name for it is stress-induced cardiomyopathy. Can a broken heart cause death? Yes, it can. As an example, the painful circumstances of child loss could be horrific enough to cause the death of a loved one. Where severe trauma is concerned, this is one of the most devastating, painful experiences ever endured by a human.

Even in a healthy individual, fatal broken heart syndrome can strike. A reaction to a stress hormone surges, and intense chest pain may be felt. This symptom is more prone in women than men. Truth be told, a heart attack diagnosis has been mistakenly given where some sufferers of broken heart syndrome are concerned. This is because, much like in the case of a heart attack, there are dramatic changes in blood substances and rhythm. However, in broken heart syndrome, there is no evidentiary blocked heart arteries.

What’s Happening?

Part of your heart doesn’t pump well because it enlarges during broken heart syndrome. With possibly even more forceful contractions, however, the rest of your heart functions normally. Researchers are only beginning to treat, diagnose, and fully learn about broken heart syndrome.

The Good News and Bad News

Regarding broken heart syndrome, the good news is that it is likely treatable. Within weeks, many who suffer the condition make a complete recovery. Though it can be fatal in rare cases, most people are at low risk for recurrence.

Here’s the bad news… broken heart syndrome can result in short term, severe heart muscle failure.

Treatments for Broken Heart Syndrome

Stress-induced cardiomyopathy can be treated. Seeking the advice of a physician may lead to one or more of the following treatment techniques:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Stress management
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Heart medications
  • Grief counseling

American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory Can Help

Here at American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory, we understand that it’s hard to deal with sudden loss. In fact, it can seriously affect the mental health of friends and loved ones. Are you are struggling to cope with the loss of someone close to you? Our website offers resources for grief support guides that may be of help to you and your loved ones. In this difficult time, we are here to embark upon the journey with you. If you would like assistance with planning a service for your loved one, please do not hesitate to contact us today.