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People with Broken Hearts Syndrome had a Higher Death Rate than Others: Study

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Research has shown that patients with “broken heart syndrome” had a higher death rate than the general population.

The study examined heart attack patients, the general population, and people with takotsubo cardiomyopathy—a condition that can be brought on by severe emotional distress—over a period of several years.

It was discovered that although heart attack and takotsubo patients received the same prescriptions, the former group’s survival rate was not increased and the latter group’s benefit was questionable.

Researchers discovered that patients with takotsubo were equally at risk of passing away as those who had experienced a “true” heart attack, and that their survival rate was lower than that of the general population.

620 individuals with takotsubo syndrome were among the 3,720 individuals whose data were analyzed by the team, which was headed by Professor Dana Dawson from the University of Aberdeen Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research Unit, between 2010 and 2017.

Over the course of a median follow-up of 5.5 years, 153 study participants with takotsubo passed away, outpacing the death rates in the general community.

Prof. Dawson stated that additional research is necessary because the data indicates “quite starkly” that takotsubo syndrome, which is more common in women, is not being treated appropriately.

“Extreme emotional distress can trigger Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, which is why it is nicknamed broken-heart syndrome,” the speaker stated.Distress signals move from the brain to the heart in response to stressful situations like losing a loved one, breaking up with someone, or becoming ill. However, knowledge is expanding and there is proof that it can be brought on by several things, such as physical trauma or nothing at all.

The condition known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is caused by a rapid weakening and ballooning of the left ventricle, one of the heart’s chambers. After that, the heart can no longer adequately pump blood throughout the body, and the additional strain causes heart failure. The condition can manifest at any age and usually affects women more than males.”But takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a different condition entirely and, unlike a heart attack, patients don’t suffer from a blockage of the arteries that supply the heart with blood.” Shortness of breath and chest pain are common symptoms that resemble a heart attack.

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