More women suffering from Broken Heart Syndrome

We've all heard of the saying, dying from a broken heart. Well, it urns out, it's a real medical condition.
Courtesy: American Heart Association
Courtesy: American Heart Association

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –We’ve all heard of the saying, dying from a broken heart. Well, it urns out, it’s a real medical condition. Doctors say it’s effecting people now more than ever with the stress from the pandemic.

“If a person goes through any extreme stressful situation, that’s usually the inciting factor for the syndrome, stress cardiomyopathy, where patients typically will present like they’re having a heart attack with acute onset chest discomfort and pain,” Dr. Anu Tunuguntla, an interventional cardiologist with CHI Health, said.

Dr. Anu says it’s become more common over the past years with stress from the pandemic. Broken heart syndrome is also hitting women much harder than men. She says women need to keep a close eye for symptoms as they tend to write off the key signs of it, which are similar to a heart attack.

“Chest discomfort, an ache, jaw pain, arm pain, back pain, nausea. Any symptom that’s, you know, unusual,” Dr. Anu said.

Dr. Anu said the best thing you can do to avoid broken heart syndrome is small changes to your life style like eating healthier, working out and reducing stress.

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