‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ Also Linked to Happy Hearts


Could 5, 2022 – “Damaged coronary heart syndrome” may additionally occur after joyful life occasions, a brand new research suggests. Researchers are calling it “completely happy coronary heart syndrome.”

Broken heart syndrome, identified formally as takotsubo syndrome, is a sudden type of heart failure. It is regarded as triggered by unfavorable life occasions, akin to experiencing worry, grief, or battle.

New findings recommend {that a} small group of sufferers have takotsubo syndrome triggered by completely happy life occasions, report Thomas Stiermaier, MD, of the College Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Lübeck, Germany, and colleagues.

Notably, these sufferers have been extra usually male. There was no distinction in general outcomes between individuals with completely happy heart and damaged coronary heart syndromes, the researchers discovered.

The outcomes have been published online Could 4 in JACC: Coronary heart Failure.

Earlier studies have proven that takotsubo syndrome could be brought on by unfavorable emotional triggers, bodily triggers akin to heavy physical activity or medical procedures, a mixture of emotional and bodily triggers, or neither kind of set off, the authors say. Analysis reveals bodily triggers are most frequently linked to dangerous outcomes.

However newer data, together with these new findings, recommend joyful occasions akin to weddings, baptisms, the delivery of grandchildren, or a party can be a set off.

Excessive feelings, each unfavorable and optimistic, can in uncommon circumstances trigger takotsubo syndrome, though most sufferers who expertise sorrow or pleasure of their day-to-day life don’t develop the situation, says Jason H. Rogers, MD, a professor of cardiovascular medication on the College of California, Davis Medical Heart in Sacramento.

“One would possibly advise sufferers to keep away from excessive feelings, however having feelings is a part of human nature and never one thing simply controllable,” he says. “We inform all sufferers the identical factor: When you really feel chest pain or strain or really feel that one thing isn’t proper together with your coronary heart, don’t delay in in search of medical consideration.”

Within the new research, the researchers assessed 2,482 sufferers utilizing the GErman-Italian-Spanish Takotsubo (GEIST) Registry, one of many largest on this planet of those circumstances, to check triggers and outcomes of these with damaged and completely happy coronary heart syndrome.

Of the 910 sufferers who had an emotional set off, there have been 37 within the completely happy coronary heart group and 873 within the damaged coronary heart group. The common age was comparable between the teams – about 70 years.

Sufferers with completely happy coronary heart syndrome extra usually had irregular ballooning of the center and have been extra usually male (18.9% vs 5.0%) than those that had a unfavorable triggering occasion.

Damaged coronary heart and completely happy coronary heart sufferers had comparable long-term dying charges and issues within the hospital.


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