Knowing more about Takotsubo cardiomyopathy a.k.a. the Broken Heart Syndrome.
Most of us have experienced the loss of a loved one. Indeed, it is very painful and frustrating when the same person whom who shared a lot of good memories are the ones who go first. It is not an easy task to walk away from the things both of you have shared. How can it be? Why? It is inevitable not to ask these questions whenever we feel the pain of being left by that special someone.
At some point, the sadness this state may bring may not only affect you small time but can do damage more than you expect. Some people are not able to cope up that easily causing trauma to his or her own self. Many Stressful situations may cause Takotsubo cardiomyopathy commonly known as the Broken Heart Syndrome. This syndrome is a temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. People suffering from this condition may feel a sudden chest pain that is very similar to a heart attack.
Before any further damage occurs, it best to know that symptoms of the broken heart syndrome are treatable. The condition usually reverses itself in about a week. Symptoms include chest pain, shortness in breath, generalized weakness and shortness in breath. If any of these signs occur, it is best to call a specialist or take the patient to the emergency department. One does not know exactly how much damage it has caused the patient internally since the signs can be very similar to that of a heart attack.
While waiting for professional help or rescue, it is important for the patient to remain calm. Try to divert the person’s thoughts from the main cause to reduce the chances of palpitation.
Doctors may need to conduct a series of steps in order to make sure that no further damage to the person’s heart occurs. Physical exams, ECG, x-rays, blood tests and other lab testing may be done to the patient. Some doctors may even give angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, beta blockers or diuretics as medication. Every case varies from time to time.
The broken heart syndrome may be recurrent should a person suffer from this condition once. Some hospitals provide long-term treatment by the use of beta blockers or other similar medications that block the potentially damaging effects of stress hormones that is affecting the heart. Also, managing your stress in life is very important. Diverting thoughts into positive energy can help you achieve inner calm to avoid any disruptions in your heartbeat. Once you have evaluated yourself, you may then be able to avoid things that stress your emotions much.