Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Broken heart syndrome.
According to the British Heart Foundation, broken heart syndrome is a “temporary condition where your heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened or stunned.” The left ventricle also changes shape, which adds to the temporary dysfunction. The broken heart syndrome is triggered by acute, major stress or shock such as the death of a loved one,valuables, job or even pet. This sudden weakness of the heart is thought to be due to the sudden release of large quantities of adrenaline and other stress hormones. Adrenaline increases blood pressure and heart rate, and it may lead to narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to your heart, or even bind directly to heart cells allowing large amounts of calcium to enter and render the cells temporarily unable to function properly. The change of shape of the left ventricle can trigger a fatal heart attack,and having a history of neurological problems, such as seizure disorders, and/or a history of mental health problems raises the risk. The symptoms of broken heart syndrome are very similar to those of a heart attack, such as chest pain and shortness of breath,but the only difference is there's no actual damage to the heart to trigger it. Extreme shock or stress may also trigger a hemorrhagic stroke by causing a dramatic rise or change in blood pressure.