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It's true: happiness can break your heart

It's true: happiness can break your heart

The broken heart syndrome It may be due to both feelings of sadness and happiness.

We are not only talking about when we feel that our heart breaks metaphorically, as it happens after a love break or after the death of a loved one. We refer to the Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition that causes a sudden weakening of the heart muscle and bulging of the left ventricle.

Previous studies have shown how negative emotions (such as grief, stress or fear), are factors that increase the probability of suffering sudden heart failure of a human being. In fact, we talked to you a long time ago about how stress affects differently the hearts of men and women. But now, thanks to a new study published in theEuropean Heart Journal, we know that happy situations and events in life They can also lead in some way to this broken heart syndrome.

Female gender and advanced age: risk factors for a broken heart

The researchers of theEuropean Society of CardiologyThey have found more than 20 cases of people from all over the world who stated related symptoms with the right Takotsubo cardiomyopathy after happy eventssuch as a close relative's wedding, the birth of a grandchild, or even a birthday party.

By analyzing in depth the people affected by happy heart syndrome, it was found how they kept great similarities with those with a broken heart due to emotional stress or clinical stress previous. In both groups 95% of the individuals were women, the great majority in the post-menopausal state, which leads us to think of the advanced age as another possible risk factor. The mean age of patients with a happy heart was 71 years, while that of broken hearts was 65 years.

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Based on the results obtained, the researchers have developed a hypothesis in which it is suspected that both sad situations like the happy ones they share the same emotional paths, which could explain why in both cases the disease ends up developing.

At the moment, further investigation is needed into positive emotions and their influence on the heart muscle. This would not only allow prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases more efficiently like that of Takotsubo, but could also help to better understand how a person's particular emotional state affects their overall health.

Source | European Heart Journal