Broken Heart is not just a saying
May 20, 2008 1:30am CST
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have now determined that immediate stress on the emotion can result in a weakness in the heart that mimics a heart attack. The condition is known as stress cardiomyopathy and it is often misdiagnosed as a heart attack; while instead, sometimes it's really a long surge in adrenaline and other stress hormones that can make the heart feel 'stunned'. For more information, you can go to hopkinsmedicinedotorg and do a search within their site, as I do not want to leave a link on this post for fear of it being erased. Though I thought that it was interesting to share. I even saw a picture of a 'broken heart' once, and it certainly looked different than a 'normal' heart. There was a small 'connector' of some sort that had actually seemed to have broken. Say goodbye to the old cliche, and hello to a real medical problem/discomfort.
• Montreal, Quebec
20 May 08
Thank you for sharing that information. I always wondered why my mom used to say that a broken heart was more than just sad feelings. I remember one time when I had my heart "broken" really bad by someone I was head over heels in love with, I felt bad pains in my chest for almost a month, now I know why.
20 May 08
Thank you for that very informative input. I will check the website you're telling us because I hunger to know more about heart medical conditions. It runs in our family having heart ailments and the same condition also cost us the life of our late mother-in-law. I believe we have to take into serious consideration the "do's" and "dont's" of this treacherous disease before it will be too late. And just a piece of advise to all: NEVER ignore whatever slight symptom you feel or even chestpain because it might lead to a serious heart condition.
• United States
20 May 08
Absolutely! Never take heart issues lightly. My friend was complaining of terrible chest/stomach pains after breaking up with her boyfriend and I decided to go back to what I've heard in the past - heart actually do break. When people break up or their loved ones die, it is often more than just sadness and tears, but a real medical concern.