Why You Should Not Break Your Heart Too Many Times

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Almost every person had experienced “broken heart” situation. Somehow, it’s most likely related with love. Well, it’s normal to feel brokenhearted, especially if you were pretty sure the person you fell in love with was “the true one”.

I don’t want to talk much about the “broken heart” itself. Instead, let’s discuss about the aftermath from those situation.

“Broken heart” is able to cause physical changes and it could lead to serious heart problems. A study finds that people whose partner left (or in most case, died) are at a significantly higher risk to suffer from atrial fibrillation.

What is atrial fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

Researchers have long studied a broken heart syndrome phenomena or commonly called stress cardiomyopathy, which causes a person to feel like they’re having heart attack at extremely stressful event. This could include short breath and chest pain, but without any indications of blocked arteries. Experts suspect a surge of stress hormones that are triggered by an emotional event as its primary cause. In the journal Open Heart, the researchers looked at whether “broken heart” could also contribute to a higher risk for atrial fibrillation.

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is cut off due to clogged coronary arteries. However, unlike a heart attack, the broken heart syndrome is NOT related to clogged arteries. Instead, part of the heart temporarily enlarges and is unable to pump efficiently, giving more strain on the other parts of the heart.

To determine what is causing the chest pain and shortness of breath, doctors may order a chest X-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG), blood test, coronary angiogram or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Once the chest X-ray and MRI verify the condition of the arteries, the doctor will likely ask if you have experienced any recent stressful events or life occurrences.

Treatment for the condition is somehow similar to the patients experiencing a heart attack. Patients are being hospitalized during recovery and are prescribed angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or diuretics in order to reduce heart’s workload.

Broken heart syndrome is rarely fatal and usually patient will recover within a month. There are no long lasting effects and re-occurrence is possible but somehow, highly unlikely. However, if you’ve experienced a traumatic event and have noticed any of these symptoms, it would be better if you have consultation with doctor.

In conclusion, never take “broken heart” too lightly, or you’ll end up having a real broken heart :)