Dealing with stressful situations is never easy. Losing a loved one, getting fired from your job, and going through a separation are a few things that can cause people to have a “broken heart.”
Some people might even go so far as to feel some physical symptoms such as a tightness in their chest or difficulty breathing.
Some might even feel that they’re having a heart attack whenever they experience a very stressful situation.
People can sometimes dismiss these feelings, and refer to it as exaggeration, but it is a very real condition known as stress cardiomyopathy, takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTS), or more popularly, broken heart syndrome.
While this might seem like a scary condition, it is treatable, and full recovery is attainable within a few weeks during the acute phase of the syndrome.
What causes this condition?
Even now, scientists still do not know the exact cause of TTS. But it is generally believed that hormones during particularly intense situations can cause the heart to have problems associated with TTS.
But new research suggests that the brain might have more to do with takotsubo cardiomyopathy than was previously thought.
According to Professor Christian Templin, principal investigator at the Registry and professor of cardiology at University Hospital Zurich, “For the first time, we have identified a correlation between alterations to the functional activity of specific brain regions and TTS, which strongly supports the idea that the brain is involved in the underlying mechanism of TTS”.
It was found that in people diagnosed with the condition, the parts of the brain responsible for emotions, and the parts responsible for controlling heartbeat and other involuntary responses did not communicate well.
This development is vital because it helps doctors better understand this condition. In turn, this can help doctors figure out new forms of treatment, as well as ways on how to lower the risk of stress cardiomyopathy.
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