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A Broken Heart Can Be Deadly

Suffering from a broken heart is no joke.
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A Valentine’s Day warning: a broken heart could be life threatening.

Broken Heart Syndrome and can simulate a heart attack according to cardiologist Tara Narula.

“And basically what happens is when you’re stressed you have this surge of hormones that can be toxic to the heart muscle and essentially cause stunning of the muscle so that the front part of the heart, the apex, does not contract very well and people can have heart failure from this and end up with chest pain and EKG (electrocardiogram) changes and all the problems that would simulate a heart attack,” says Narula.

More than 90% of reported cases happen in women. This syndrome isn’t just tied to an emotional break up, but also to the death of a loved one, or any other highly charged emotion like fear, surprise or anger.

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