Broken Heart Syndrome: Facts vs. Myths
As a parent, watching your child undergo treatment for a heart condition can be stressful. Without a doubt, that stress takes a toll on your mental wellbeing.
But did you know stress can hurt your physical health, too—including your own heart? Broken heart syndrome is a real medical condition that some people develop when they experience extremely stressful situations.
Fortunately, none of the parents of my pediatric heart patients have experienced this particular condition. I have, however, taken care of several adults with takotsubo cardiomyopathy before joining the Children’s team in 2011 and I have also heard from some in my social media circles that the condition has hit them—and hard.
Here are eight myths and facts about broken heart syndrome to help you learn more, and know what to do if it happens to you.