Natural Disasters Increase 'Broken-Heart Syndrome' Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

March 27, 2014 2:47 PM

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Natural Disasters Increase 'Broken-Heart Syndrome' Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Natural disasters can literally break people's hearts, scientists have discovered, with cases of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy increasing after major catastrophes.

People suffering from broken heart syndrome complain of chest pain and shortness of breath, similar to those experienced during a heart attack. It is brought on by intense emotional or physical stress, which causes rapid and severe heart muscle weakness. It often follows the death of a loved one, fe...

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