Harvard Heart Letter

What is “broken-heart syndrome?”

This reversible heart condition — which often mimics a heart attack — is being recognized with increasing frequency. The term “broken heart” usually conjures up the sad ending of a love affair. In fact, the death of a spouse is a commonly cited trigger for broken-heart syndrome — a temporary weakening of the heart that causes symptoms similar to a heart attack. Also known as stress cardiomyopathy, the condition usually results from…

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