Happiness Can Also Cause Broken Heart Syndrome

Posted: Mar 3 2016, 9:49am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Happiness Can Also Cause Broken Heart Syndrome
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  • Broken Heart Syndrome may Even be Brought About by a High Degree of Positivity

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A rare condition known as Broken Heart Syndrome is not necessarily the result of shocking or stressful events. It may even be brought about by a high degree of positivity.

It is a very strange disease that occurs once in a blue moon. Broken Heart Syndrome is usually due to a highly stressful series of events or emotional breakdown.

However, the latest evidence shows that the condition may even be triggered by positive thinking. This might seem paradoxical but it is true. Happiness and feelings of delight and ecstasy may also bring about similar circumstances as negative events lead to for obvious reasons.

This is the first instance of researchers finding a link between Broken Heart Syndrome and the so-called power of positive thinking. Broken Heart Syndrome causes an instantaneous and limited weakening of the heart muscle.

The study was published in the European Heart Journal. While strangely positivity was linked with this syndrome, negativity too was one of the triggering causes.

Such dark emotions as sadness, terror, hatred and worry seemed to cause the disease. The problem was that this syndrome was often confused with the onset of a heart attack.

Such symptoms as pain in the chest and breathlessness resembled an impending heart attack. After a stressful experience, Broken Heart Syndrome seemed to make an appearance in a matter of minutes.

It was known as Stress Cardiomyopathy and had the original moniker of TTB (Takotsubo Syndrome), according to LiveScience. The latter was due to the Japenese researcher who labeled it in the beginning of the 90s.

The Japanese word “takotsubo” means “octopus pot” and describes the heart’s engorged condition during the peak of this ailment. Over 1750 people were included in the survey.

They hailed from the United States and Europe. 485 individuals among this sample showed symptoms that were instigated by emotional stressors.

The majority underwent a negative emotional event such as the demise of a relative or family member, an accident or a friend developing some serious disease. It could also be a financial issue that was cause for worry.

However, 20 people displayed a weird and bizarre causation factor. A positive event such as a birthday bash, becoming a grandparent or great grandparent, an offspring’s marriage ceremony or a surprise visit by someone you liked a lot could trigger this syndrome too.

Thus happiness has its dark side too. Happy hearts and broken hearts are not as far apart as you might think. Extremes are dangerous and too much of a good thing is bad. The majority of those who showed this curious disease were females.

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