The Science Of A Broken Heart

Heartbreak. That sinking feeling inside that tears you up and leaves you withered and lonely, like a discarded newspaper kicked to the curb.

It’s not a fun feeling. Especially when it occurs around Valentine’s Day, a time of overpriced flowers, heart shaped candies, and love.

But unlike Valentine’s Day, which often feels manufactured, heartbreak is a real, occasionally fatal thing.

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Science Says
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) isn’t easy to say three times fast. It’s also not easy on your heart. Better known as broken heart syndrome, TC revolves around the weakening of the muscular portion of your heart that’s triggered by emotional stress — e.g. a bad break-up.

The disease is named after Japanese octopus traps, which coincidentally are shaped like your heart’s left ventricular apex (when it balloons due to immense stress, anyway).

Despite similar symptoms, broken heart syndrome is nothing like a heart attack.