02 percent of people get admitted to hospitals in the United States after suffering broken heart syndrome
- also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) - without realizing that what they are experiencing was in fact not a heart attack.
But he warned: "It is difficult to distinguish between broken heart syndrome
and a heart attack, so anyone experiencing chest pains or difficulty in breathing should assume the worst and call 999 immediately.
The precise cause of broken heart syndrome
is not known, but medical experts believe that surging adrenaline from a stressful event "stuns" the heart, which triggers changes in heart muscle cells or coronary blood vessels, or both, and prevents the left ventricle from effectively pumping blood.
Current figures suggest that around 2% of the 300,000 'heart attacks' each year will, in fact, be broken heart syndrome
amp;nbsp;The American Heart Association says that broken heart syndrome
is real, and is caused by extreme stress and a surge in hormones as a result that puts stress on the heart.
Stress cardiomyopathy, popularly known as broken heart syndrome
, shows symptoms eerily similar to a heart attack, including chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and fainting.
Dr Alexander Lyon, a senior lecturer at London's Imperial College and consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital, said this may have been a case of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition also known as broken heart syndrome
when triggered by bereavement.
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By ISLAMABAD, August 07, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Broken heart syndrome
a temporary form of acute heart failure caused by a sudden weakening of the heart muscle may affect more people than previously thought.
Broken heart syndrome
is also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, stress cardiomyopathy, left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome, or ampulla-shaped cardiomyopathy.
Experts believe the symptoms of broken heart syndrome
may be brought on by a surge of stress hormones, such as adrenaline.