Episode 2: Broken Heart Syndrome
Have you ever experienced Stress? I am sure the answer is yes because stress is an epidemic. In fact, more than two thirds of all admissions to the hospital are related to some type of stressor.
Today, I want to talk about one of those conditions call ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ or Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. The symptoms mimic an acute heart attack with sudden onset of chest pain, abnormal EKG and blood work suggestive of acute myocardial infarction. Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition brought on by a stressful event. The heart muscle is stunned due to the release of adrenaline and other stress related hormones.
Stress is very real and the affects can be destructive to the body. However, there are things that we can do to protect the effects of stress on the body through prayer and meditation, soft music, nature walks, journaling, sign chi do and many other techniques.
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