The Secret Damage You Might Be Doing to Your Heart Right Now
Your frayed nerves could be leading to clogged arteries—and worse.
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Can you die of a broken heart?
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is an unusual condition in which heart function is compromised by severe physical or emotional stress (such as the loss of a loved one). More than 80 percent of reported cases occur in women older than 50. The symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, but while takotsubo cardiomyopathy can be fatal, most sufferers recover quickly.
Mehmet Oz, MD, is the host of
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