You really can die of sadness, and also happiness

Dying of a broken heart was just a figure of speech until 2002 when Dr. Hikaru Sato and colleagues at Hiroshima City Hospital described it in a study. Sato named the condition takotsubo cardiomyopathy. It was quickly dubbed ...


'Broken heart' syndrome is on the rise in women

The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), suggests middle-aged and older women are being diagnosed with broken heart syndrome more frequently—up to 10 times more often—than younger ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How thyroid function affects stress-related heart problems

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy—also known as stress cardiomyopathy or 'broken heart syndrome'—has only been known as a clinical condition for about 30 years. It is characterized by an acute, serious functional disorder of the ...

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