Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

Takotsubo syndrome, deadly syndrome which arises because being left alone by the loved ones


IllustrationIllustration - A century ago, a scientist named Karl Pearson was studied tombstones when he realized there was one unique thing: husband and wife often died within a year. Many studies now show that stress and hopelessness significantly affect health, especially in the heart.

Such as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or broken-heart syndrome, which occurs when a person's spouse dies, financial worries or other emotions will greatly weaken the heart. This condition causes symptoms that resemble a heart attack. This emotional burden changes the shape of the heart like a traditional Japanese pot called Takotsubo which has a short neck and a wide bottom.

"The exact cause is unknown, but experts think that soaring stress hormones (for example, adrenaline) basically 'ignite' the heart, trigger changes in heart muscle or coronary arteries (or both) that prevent the left ventricle from doing its job properly" as quoted from the site of Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School.

A cardiologist, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, said that even though innovations in handling the heart are increasingly advanced and good, the field of cardiology still needs more attention to other risk factors that can affect heart disease.

Most people only knew risk factors such as smoking or cholesterol and high blood pressure. But there are possible psychosocial risk factors such as unhappy relationships, poverty, and work stress.


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