Monday, November 17, 2008

BROKEN HEART SYNDROME

A broken heart (or heartbreak) is a common metaphor used to describe the intense emotional pain or suffering one feels after losing a loved one, through death, divorce, moving, being dumped, or other means. It is an extremely old and widespread metaphor that dates back to at least the time of the Ramayana where it was commonly used.


Heartbreak is usually associated with losing a spouse or loved one, though losing a parent, child, pet, or close friend can also "break one's heart". The phrase refers to the physical pain one may feel in the chest as a result of the loss. Although the heart obviously is not harmed by the feeling, there is a condition (appropriately known as Broken Heart Syndrome) where a traumatizing incident triggers the brain to distribute chemicals that weaken heart tissue.".

What causes broken heart syndrome?


It's thought that a surge of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, might temporarily damage the heart of some people. How these hormones might hurt the heart or whether something else is responsible isn't clear.

What we do know is the onset of broken heart syndrome is often preceded by an intense physical or emotional event. Some of the triggers of broken heart syndrome have included news of an unexpected death of a loved one, a frightening medical diagnosis, domestic abuse or losing a lot of money. Physical stressors, such as an asthma attack or car accident, also have been known to trigger broken heart syndrome.

Is broken heart syndrome harmful?

In rare cases, those with broken heart syndrome can die of the disorder. However, most people who experience broken heart syndrome quickly recover and don't suffer long-lasting effects.

Who is at risk of broken heart syndrome?

We don't know why, but broken heart syndrome affects women far more often than men. Some research indicates nearly 9 out of 10 cases occur in women, and of those, almost all are in women 50 or older.

What are the symptoms of broken heart syndrome?

Broken heart syndrome can mimic a heart attack, with common symptoms being chest pain or shortness of breath. Any persistent chest pain could be a sign of a heart attack.

How is broken heart syndrome treated?

There are no standard treatment guidelines for treating broken heart syndrome because of the limited knowledge about the condition. Initially, it's treated similar to a heart attack until the diagnosis is clear. There is no specific therapy, and most people recover spontaneously. Your doctor might prescribe diuretics (water pills), vasodilators or beta blockers. Diuretics and vasodilators may not be required long term, because heart function usually returns to normal. The duration of beta blockers treatment is unknown; however, these medications might prevent recurrent attacks. Many people with broken heart syndrome are hospitalized for suspected heart attack, and the diagnosis of broken heart syndrome is often made in the hospital. Most people are hospitalized for a week or so.

How is broken heart syndrome different from a heart attack?

Most heart attacks are caused by a complete blockage of a heart artery due to a blood clot forming at the site of narrowing from fatty buildup (atherosclerosis). In broken heart syndrome, the heart arteries are not blocked, although blood flow may be sluggish.

Coronary angioplasty and stent placement are commonly used for treatment during a heart attack, but these procedures are not helpful in broken heart syndrome since there is no blockage.

Can broken heart syndrome recur?

Possibly. Some of our research indicates broken heart syndrome can occur multiple times in about 10 percent of those affected by broken heart syndrome.

20 comments:

  1. wowow - based! nauna ako...lol

    dre very informative tong topic...ganda naman....tc

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  2. lol, zeb bh ka no?hahahha..peace pre

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  3. nyaaaaaa. realty bites talaga hehehehehe. Broken Heart Syndrome in a way mukang napagdaanan ko nga ito hehehehe.i never tot nga n my ganitong syndrome pala. nyak....

    amor-BH ako?hindi ah?!?
    darkhorse-nice topic ba?thanks.

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  4. Lahat naman ata tayo napagdaanan ang BH, right?

    gaya nga ni DarkHorse, very informative ang topic. Nice tribute Zeb... clap! Clap! Clap!

    ;-)

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  5. nice one..new post b to o re[post mo n lang? parang nkita ko n dati dito sa site mo eh,heheehehehe! droppin by...

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  6. i re-enter this post sunny. sabi kc ng tropa ko kulang daw yung info nung una kong pinost ito.heheheheh. and now i think much more info na.heheheheheh

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  7. hmmm...my friend must read this post...hehe

    thanks for dropping by :)

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  8. Women are more affected because we are very emotional... Usually kasi, guys are tolerable to this kind of situation or due to ego, ayaw aminin na ffected.. no offense, opinion lang po..

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  9. nice post! nakaka relate nanaman ako sa mga ganitong topic...gandan ng informations sa post mo.....(^_^)

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  10. DH*** nice one naka based ka heheheh lol

    amor*** hindi me BH, pero yungmga txt ko sayu pang BH din dba.hehehehe

    MP***yup lahat tayu npagdaanan n natin yung pag ka BH, thanks for appreciating my post

    sunny***thanks sa influence mo hehehehe

    roneiluke***thanks for dropping by and for reading

    chubskulit***mga women talaga yung mostly nakakaranas ng BH (but i disagree heheheh)

    sam***pare koi ikaw yung tunay n BH lalo yung mga post mo sa blog mo hehehehe.

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  11. Nyak! Lahat 'ata pinagdaanan ko...

    lang beses na kasi ako na-Broken heart....

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  12. hello!

    i also read a blog abt this topic. it said, the sudden stop of all the hormones which are released when inlove suddenly drops. so it might be the cause of the pain.

    well, sabe ko naman emotions yan eh, so unexplainable.

    pero ang mahalaga, wag i-nourish ang pain! (--,)

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  13. zeb: linked done. i hope u will add me up on in your bloglist. im looking forward for it. Godbless. thanks in advanced.

    me says: seriously?!

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  14. this is a good post. I've been through it and it really felt like you're dying. btw, thanks for visiting. yes, we can xlinks:) just inform me after you've added me on your list:)

    Marites

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  15. i added you already in my links..

    yeh i love contemporary and the like.. music fanatic.hehe

    i think the only cure for this kind of syndrome is Love. care and Comfort of other people. on the other side.;)

    maraming gamot jan, but the cure is unseen and can be done.

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  16. pero di pa ko nakaranas sa hospital noon na may lalapit at sasabihing,

    "Miss, my heart is broken, can you fix it?" or
    "Do you have an antidote for this?"

    lolz, hehe...

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  17. LionHeart***waaaaah super experienced k n ba sa pagiging heartbroken, so it means madali n para sayu n ihandle yung mga situation regarding LOVE.

    chyng***thanks for droppimg by pero ang mahalaga, wag i-nourish ang pain! (--,) ( may tama ka dun chyng)lol

    marites***linked done, yup almost all of us had been tru that situation iba iba nga lang tayu ng paraan sa pag hahandle. (--,)

    Dylan***pare koi very well said yun ha hehehehe, i also believe na EVERYBODY NEEDS ACCEPTANCE tama ba?hehehe.
    pag na hospital ka tapos yung chief complain mo is BROKEN HEART ano kali gagawin ng NURsE (waaaa isa panaman akong NUrse ano kali gagawin ko hehehehe)

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  18. napadaan ulit sa old post mo..alam ko sasagot ka eh..

    yeh everybody needs acceptance on any kind...people must try to live with that.
    i'll cut his heart open maybe to see what's wrong.lolz morbid eh noh

    happy holidays in advance!

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  19. dylan *** waaaaah i started to like you dylan hehehehehe. thanks for reading my post.
    napaka MORBID ng gagagwin mo hehehehe.Parang AUTOPSY gagwin mo para malaman whats wrong with it nyahahahaha.

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  20. Great website, looks very clean and organized. Keep up the good work! antibacterial

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