Posted: Mar 9, 2012 4:14 AM by Kate Richards
Updated: Mar 9, 2012 7:19 AM
Most of us know how difficult it can be to get dumped or to lose a loved one, but now, doctors are saying you can actually die of a broken heart!
The symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack: chest pains and painful breathing. One cardiologist says broken heart syndrome is something they've seen before, but haven't been sure how to diagnose it.
The say, it's caused by a sudden, stressful emotional event.
"It's like fight or flight. You're adrenaline in your system just goes suddenly high," says Dr. John Tugaoen, a cardiologist.
Along with the heart attack symptoms, the heart swells and is weak.
There is some good news though. Doctors say most patients make a full recovery in a few weeks. Many get back to normal, like nothing ever happened.