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Broken heart syndrome increase amid pandemic


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"Stress from the coronavirus pandemic may be breaking people's hearts.

"Cardiologists in Ohio have found that the number of patients experiencing Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome, increased four-to-five fold during the coronavirus pandemic compared with pre-pandemic levels, according to a small new study.

"Broken heart syndrome is typically brought on by extreme physical or emotional distress, and can cause heart muscles to suddenly weaken, according to a Live Science report."

Full article at Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/broken-heart-syndrome-pandemic.html

"Takotsubo cardiomyopathy" at Harvard Uni: https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-broken-heart-syndrome

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Dam, stress is literally killing people. 

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Scientists hope to recruit almost 100 Scots for a trial of the first ever treatment for a condition known as broken heart syndrome.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen are working on how to help those with takotsubo cardiomyopathy – a condition which affects around 5,000 people across the UK every year.

At least 7% of all heart attacks are attributed to the condition, where the heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened, usually because of severe emotional or physical stress.


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