You can die of a broken heart, but time really does heal all ...

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You can die of a broken heart, but time really does heal all wounds

We look at exactly what causes broken heart syndrome - that deadly interaction between the heart and the brain

Sanet Oberholzer

Can a person really die from a broken heart? If they suffer from “broken heart syndrome”, then, perhaps, yes.

A recent article by The Telegraph didn’t exaggerate in reporting that a 93-year-old woman had died from broken heart syndrome. After surviving a burglary in her home, Betty Munroe’s health deteriorated and she started suffering from sickness, shaking and nightmares. She was subsequently diagnosed with broken heart syndrome and died in hospital shortly thereafter.

Broken heart syndrome, scientifically known as stress cardiomyopathy, takotsubo cardiomyopathy or apical ballooning syndrome, is a condition in which severe physical or emotional stress can result in severe muscle weakness, or cardiomyopathy...

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