Heart Break To A Heart Attack

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February isn’t just the month of love but also the month of the heartache. Just as hearts are being broken this period, the incidences of heart attacks may be on the increase. Being heartbroken is not something to wish on an enemy because it could be very devastating. Are broken hearts just an emotional reaction or could there be more to it? Well, yes! There could be more to it, a person can react both emotionally and physically to a heart break. The physical reaction may come in different forms, but the purpose of this article is inclined healthwise. The consequences of a heart break could occur within the same period of the stress or later on in life. Different mechanisms could be in play here.

The Broken Heart Syndrome
Studies have shown that there is really a condition known as broken heart syndrome, which is just a physical damage to the heart that results from an emotional stress. It is usually misdiagnosed as a heart attack due to the similarities in presentation. While they both involve a damage to the heart muscle, they do this through different mechanisms. This syndrome was first noticed in Japan in 1990 by physicians, where it was discovered that people who were presenting with symptoms of heart attack had clean cardiac angiograms. The syndrome may explain why couples who have been together for long periods of time often die within days of each other–nbcnews.com.

Heart Break as a Trigger
Then again, if one is prone to having a heart attack, a heart break could just be the trigger. Since heart break is a form of stress, it is however bound to release the stress hormone, Adrenaline. This causes the plaque that has built up in the arteries one at risk to rupture, get dislodged and block the artery, cutting off the blood supply to that part of the heart thereby leading to damage.

Emotional Eating
People deal with emotional stress in different ways. While some find comfort in food especially junks, others may not eat at all. In all, these different lifestyle responses could pose health risks to the heart, especially if maintained.

It is very important to know how to prevent a heart attack during a heart break. There are different measures one could take which include seeking support especially from friends and family; talking to a doctor who may help you in your grief and also knowing the symptoms of heart attack for prompt management.

While a heart break is one process a majority of people would experience in a lifetime, it is very important for one to have a healthy coping mechanism.

About The Author

Chinazo Iloeje is a Medical Doctor at Garnetcare Medical Center, Abuja. She hopes that through her writing, new health discoveries and other important health information would be made known to all Africans.

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