Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or “Broken Heart Syndrome,” is a disease currently under study by doctors seeking to understand the relation between losing loved ones and the heart attack-like symptoms typical of diagnosed patients. Researchers at the Miriam Hospital have had success treating the broken hearted with aspirin, as well as other, fancier named medications to relieve them after attacks. While Broken Heart Syndrome can certainly be fatal, it is much less so than a full scale heart attack and only rarely results in death if treated immediately.
So is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? Not if you wanna live, buster.
(The researchers’ report is in the April first issue of the American Journal of Cardiology. I attach no special significance to the date of the publication.)