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Mar 9, 2012 6:14 AM by Kate Richards

Medical Diagnosis: Broken Heart

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.

 

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