Broken heart syndrome is a heart condition that is often triggered by a stressful situation, such as the unexpected death of a loved one. If you have broken heart syndrome you may experience the feeling of sudden chest pain or think you are having a heart attack. The heart’s reaction to a surge of stress hormones causes a temporary disruption of your heart’s normal pumping function in one area of the heart. The rest of the heart functions normally or may contract more forcefully. Broken heart syndrome is treatable, and the condition usually goes away on itself in days or weeks.
The causes of broken heart syndrome are unknown but a surge of stress hormones could be harmful and could possibly damage the heats of certain people. Broken heart syndrome is often triggered by an overwhelming emotional or physical event. Some triggers of broken heart syndrome are:
Some of the main indicators of takotsubo cardiomyopathy:
Asian and Caucasian postmenopausal women are more susceptible to Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. It is often a person has shown no sign of heart disease and seems to be healthy.
Electrocardiogram (ECG): An ECG records electrical signals and detects the irregularities in your heart.
Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram sees if your heart is enlarged or has an abnormal shape.
Blood tests: To determine if there is an increased amount of certain enzymes in their blood
Chest X-ray: To see if your heart is enlarged or has the shape of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This produces a more detailed picture than an x-ray which will help your doctor evaluate your condition.
Coronary angiogram: An in-depth look at your blood vessels