Broken heart syndrome is real

February 9, 2018

Broken heart syndrome is real

Hopefully, as Valentine’s Day nears, you aren't feeling brokenhearted. Perhaps surprisingly, though, broken heart syndrome is an actual medical condition.

It's a form of cardiomyopathy, or a weakening of the heart muscle, typically among middle-age women who have sustained emotional or physical stress. Patients have chest pain and shortness of breath, and their electrocardiagram scans can suggest a heart attack, too. But the symptoms are usually short-lived.

UW Medicine cardiologist Zachary Goldberger discusses the condition in a downloadable video.


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