Most of us know all too well, having your heart broken is a tough thing to bear. But a new study by the University of Aberdeen reveals that a broken heart COULD lead to serious health concerns.
In fact, based on their findings, a broken heart is just as bad as a person having a heart attack.
Lead researcher Dr. Dana Dawson says broken heart syndrome, or ‘takotsubo’ is real. “It is becoming increasingly recognized that takotsubo is more common than we originally thought,” she shares. “This is the longest follow up study looking at the effects of takotsubo, and it clearly shows permanent ill-effects on the hearts of those who suffer from it. These patients are unable to perform physical exercise as well, and fatigue more easily. Our research shows that takotsubo needs to be treated with the same urgency as any other heart problem, and that patients may need ongoing treatment for these long term effects.”
Ouch. As for remedies? Suggestions are wide ranging, depending on different personalities, but the most common pieces of advice include trying new activities, exercising, and of course, a good old fashioned cry every now and then is very therapeutic! ~ Jason