What are the signs and symptoms of broken heart syndrome?
Broken heart syndrome is a diagnosis made by doctors. It resembles a heart attack in terms of its signs and symptoms. The signs and symptoms can begin within minutes or even hours after the distressing event. They include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Diaphoresis (sweating)
What causes broken heart syndrome?
Emotions or physical reactions known as emotional stressors and physical stressors cause broken heart syndrome.
Emotional stressors include:
- Extreme anger
Physical stressors include:
- High fever
- Difficulty breathing (such as an asthma attack)
- Significant bleeding
- Low blood sugar
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