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    Clusters of 'broken hearts' may be linked to massive natural disasters

    Date: March 27, 2014 Source: American College of Cardiology Summary: Dramatic spikes in cases of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also called broken heart syndrome, were found in two states after major natural disasters, suggesting the stress of disasters as a likely trigger, according to research. Authors call for greater awareness among emergency department physicians and other first responders.
    Full text at link. Good news that this is temporary, though patients need recognition and attention.

    "By and large, it is a very reversible form of cardiomyopathy, but in the acute phase these patients need to be monitored closely to be sure they are stable and to prevent and manage problems," Pant said, adding that the impetus for the study was the increasing number of cases and a desire to find out what might trigger clusters of broken heart syndrome. "It's also something that emergency doctors and medical personnel need to be aware of as they are often on the frontlines seeing patients after disaster strikes."
    I noticed a new article that says even happy events can trigger the syndrome.

    Happiness can break your heart too

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