When the love hormones, dopamine and oxytocin, drop drastically and are replaced by stress-induced cortisol, a person can suffer from anxiety, nausea, weight gain and headaches. It's not uncommon for someone to suffer from heart attack-like chest pain in the middle of a breakup or in the midst of a great loss.
Scottish researchers have found that people have the same risk of dying from a broken heart as those who suffer a real heart attack. A team from the University of Aberdeen explained this as broken heart syndrome, or takotsubo cardiomyopathy. This condition is caused by intense emotional stress and leads to enlargement of the left ventricle of the heart. It affects the organ's ability to pump blood throughout the body.
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– Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a reaction to a traumatic event such as the death of a family member, a relationship, or a diagnosis. Distress signals go from the brain to the heart, said Professor Dana Dawson, from the Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research at the University of Aberdeen. Grameen Online.
– These patients have increased mortality compared to the rest of the population and are more likely to develop heart disease and die from a broken heart, similar to those who have had a heart attack.