November 22, 2011

Women more likely to have ‘broken heart syndrome’


A woman's heart breaks more easily than a man's. Females are seven to nine times more likely to suffer "broken heart syndrome," when sudden or prolonged stress like an emotional breakup or death causes overwhelming heart failure or heart attack-like symptoms, the first nationwide study of this finds. Usually patients recover with no lasting damage.  …It was three times more common in women over 55 than in younger women. And women younger than 55 were 9.5 times more likely to suffer it than men of that age. No one knows why, said Dr. Abhiram Prasad, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist who presented other research on this syndrome at the conference.

KTVB Boise, 11/20/11

Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Abhiram Prasad

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