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The Broken Heart Syndrome Explained: What You Need to Know

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Introduction to Broken Heart Syndrome

Broken Heart Syndrome, also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is a temporary heart condition that is triggered by emotional stress or a sudden intense emotional event. Despite its name, broken heart syndrome is not caused by a heart attack, and it usually resolves on its own with no long-term damage to the heart. It was first described in Japan in the 1990s and has since been recognized as a distinct medical condition. While anyone can experience broken heart syndrome, it is most commonly seen in older women who have gone through a significant loss or emotional trauma.

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