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In the aftermath of the terrible events in Japan, I have been thinking about a heart condition called "Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy." It is also nicknamed "Broken Heart Syndrome." If has been said that you can die of a broken heart, or die of fright, but is it true?
It can be, but it is uncommon.
First identified in Japan in the 1980s, the takotsubo is almost always identified with post menopausal women. It can happen for no reason at all, but usually follows a very emotional event - death of a family member, an appearance in court, a heated argument, even the end of a love affair. And certainly, an earthquake and a tsunami.
If you go to your doctor or ER with symptoms of a takotsubo, the first thing medical personnel will suspect is a heart attack, as this condition mimics everything about a heart attack including changes in EKG and blood chemicals. Nearly two years ago, after a stressful meeting which I found difficult to attend, I foun...
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