Everyone has been through at least one bad breakup in their lives. The feelings you get are those of sadness and regret. Unfortunately, that fallout with an ex lover can lead to something more tragic.

Owner Of A Lonely Heart

A broken heart can lead to the same feeling one gets during a heart attack. This condition is known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, and it was first discovered in Japan back in 1990. Takotsubo means “octopus trap,” and that’s exactly how your heart feels like following a break up. To doctors, the left ventricle of your heart transforms in a fishing pot shape.

In Japan, this is often found in women more than men. When it comes to women with heart attacks, 5% of them have this condition.

Beating To A Different Tune

Finding out if you have this condition can be a bit difficult. A recent study found that takotsubo cardiomyopathy was a bigger threat than previously thought. Nearly every person in this study was found to have permanent damage to their heart’s muscle tissue. This means their heartbeats were a bit more slowed down than usual.

“Takotsubo is a devastating disease that can suddenly strike down otherwise healthy people. We once thought the effects of this life-threatening disease were temporary, but now we can see they can continue to affect people for the rest of their lives,” stated professor Jeremy Pearson. In the United States, the condition has been gaining traction over the years.

It’s All Around You

Unfortunately, takotsubo cardiomyopathy isn’t exclusively found in those suffering from heartbreak. This can be found in folks suffering from any stressful situation. From a drop in blood pressure to simply hearing bad news, no one is seemingly safe.

As expected, it’s best to check with your doctor if you’re not feeling like your full self.