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A Broken Heart May Cause Long-Term Damage To Your Health

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It is found from a study funded by the British Heart Foundation that it is possible for “broken heart syndrome” to cause lasting damage to our bodies.

Also known as Takotsubo syndrome in a technical term , it refers to the way in which a stressful event such as the death of your loved one would possibly prevent your heart from  performing effectively and cause distort in shape. In Japanese,Takotsubo is kind of “octopus pot”. When such syndrome was first present in Japan in 1990, it could sound weird, however, the condition was quite real.

According to the result of the study, released by the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiograph, scientists at Aberdeen University examined 52 patients suffering from the syndrome, whose age varied from 28 to 87. By application of ultrasound and cardiac MRI scans, they discovered that it had permanent affect on the way in which the heart pumped. It could not only delay the twisting motion of the muscle during a heartbeat, but also decrease the squeezing motion of the heart.

As Dr Dana Dawson, team leader from the University of Aberdeen, said, people used to believe that takotsubo cardiomyopathy patients would fully recover, with no medical intervention given. However, in their study, it was shown that this disease would certainly much longer lasting damaging effects on the hearts of such patients.

Based on recent studies, it is demonstrated that this disease is not the rare case in our previous thinking, therefore, it is vital to  sort out the effect that it has on hearts of patients.

In addition, parts of the heart’s muscles were discovered to be replaced by fine scars, which could decrease the elasticity of the heart and stop from contracting in a proper way. The results could well illustrate the reason why Takotsubo syndrome patients would have similar long-term survival rates to people suffering from a heart attack.

It is reported by BBC News that between 3 and 17 percent of people die within five years after they were diagnosed having  Takotsubo syndrome. In UK, every year nearly 3,000 people  have the condition, 90 percent of these patients are female.

When assessing the importance of this recent study, Professor Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation said that it has demonstrated that in some patients with development of Takotsubo syndrome, various aspects of heart function were not normal for up to 4 months afterwards, it is worrying that the hearts of such patients seem to show a form of scarring, showing that it would take a longer time to have a full recovery, or might not really happen, considering the present medical care.

So it is necessary as well urgent to find out new and more effective treatments for this devastating condition.

At last, it is suggested by the study team a particularly stressful moment can cause lasting damage to your health. Time may not necessarily mend a broken heart.

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