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Broken Heart Syndrome: Heartache caused by lovesickness
Lovesickness can also beat the heart. Broken heart syndrome causes symptoms similar to those of a heart attack - but is less dangerous.
Broken heart syndrome: symptoms similar to those of a heart attack
"Broken heart syndrome is a heart muscle disease that is triggered by a high level of stress hormones," explains Felix Schröder from the Heart and Vascular Center at the Albertinen Hospital in Hamburg, who has just written a book about the heart.
The cause of stress cardiomyopathy cannot always be determined
Doctors from Japan were the first to describe the phenomenon
Stress has a strong impact on the cardiovascular system
"Affected people may also have additional binding sites for adrenaline and noradrenaline," says Jana Boer from the Federal Association of Resident Cardiologists (BNK). That would mean they are more responsive to the hormones than others.
Lovesickness and heartache are closely related
Lovesickness has hardly been studied so far
Consult a therapist or psychiatrist
Long-term effects are difficult to demonstrate. "We therefore recommend a combined therapy of beta blockers and psychotherapy," says Boer. The drugs block the receptors on the heart. In therapy, patients should also learn to deal better with stress. "Endurance sports are also advisable," says Borggrefe. It not only strengthens the heart, but also helps to deal better with stress. In “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe impressively described the fact that disappointed love sometimes ends suicidal.
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Felix Schröder, Nina Weber: What the heart desires: How we keep our most important organ happy, Edel Germany, 240 pages, 16.95 euros, ISBN-13: 9783841905451
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