Broken Heart Can Be a Real Medical Condition

By CNN News Wire

Published 02/11 2014 06:20AM

Updated 02/11 2014 11:55AM

We've all been there.  We lose a love, and the world just isn't the same.  But for some people, going through a divorce, break-up or the death of a loved one can be devastating.  So devastating that it can affect a person's health.

Studies have shown those who suffer from Broken Heart Syndrome may go through a temporary heart condition with symptoms much like a heart attack, according to the Mayo Clinic. 

They are so stressed over losing their love they suffer chest pains and shortness of breath, even dizziness.  Doctors say the symptoms are often brought on by a surge of stress hormones. 

The syndrome, in some cases, causes part of the heart to temporarily enlarge and not pump well, which in rare situations can cause serious consequences.

Medically the condition is referred to as stress-induced cardiomyopathy. 

In most cases, broken heart syndrome is reversible, and treatable.  Time heals all wounds.  But doctors warn, a broken heart should always be taken seriously.  

(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)

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