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Stress Cardiomyopathy: “Broken Heart Syndrome” Science Of Emotion: From Neurotransmitters to Social Networks

Stress Cardiomyopathy: “Broken Heart Syndrome” Rapid and severe heart muscle weakness (cardiomyopathy) caused by intense emotional or physical stress May occur with grief, fear, extreme anger, and surprise Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, congestive heart failure and low blood pressure and begin within minutes to hours after the stressor Caused by excessive norepinephrine load and symptoms are usually temporary and reversible Pavin D, et al. Human Stress Cardiomyopathy mimicking acute myocardial syndrome. Heart, 1997;78:509-511.

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