Saturday, September 24, 2011

Broken Heart Syndrome- Medical Explanation

Stress is the body's response to perceived abnormalities. When a person experiences stress, the body produces hormones, such as epinephrine or norepinephrine to help you cope with stress. Stress cardiomyopathy results when the body feels overwhelmed with stress, therefore producing an extremely large amount of catecholamines into the blood stream. This, in turn causes a toxic chemical reaction to the heart muscle and stuns the heart, causing symptoms very similar to a heart attack. The initial symptoms would more than likely include chest pain, shortness of breath, fluid in the lungs and possible heart failure.

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