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On Breaking of the Heart, on a Rock for Health: Dear Diary, and Academic Journal


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/02/11

Based on some reportage from WebMD, to be taken with skepticism, but, nonetheless, research has looked into an issue of those who happen to suffer from the extreme stress associated from heavy breakage of the heart, in metaphorical terms, with, for example, the cases of the death of pet, loss of a great job or a promotion at work, or the loss of a true loved on or even one who may be called a soulmate.

As explained, “…[It is a] relatively rare condition, they are finding that it’s not only caused by the loss of a loved one. Medical treatments, job loss, and other major life stressors have been linked to the condition.”

The syndrome is known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy with a central effect on women more than men. More research, as always, can be preferred, as this can provide more information as to the health issues surrounding takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Now, this ‘broken heart syndrome’ does have some medical literature behind it, and a legitimate medical title and condition to back it up. The medical literature is sparse on it.

But case studies are hugely helpful if the data is sparse.

“Earlier this year, Canadian researchers reported a case of broken heart syndrome in a 63-year-old woman on treatments for metastatic breast cancer,” the reportage stated, “Over a 6-year period, researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston found 30 patients having cancer treatment fit the criteria for broken heart syndrome.”

With chest pain in some cancer patients, this should be considered a possibility, apparently. The literal, biological happenstance of the condition is when the left ventricle in the heart of the patient weakens and then this can lead to pain and, even, shortness of breath for the patient.

It is reversible and temporary. One wonders if this could, in fact, and as per the fables (or not, possibly), lead to the death of an individual with an already weak heart and then undergoing this form of medical condition.

Happily, 95% of patients who get the condition will recover within one or two months.


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