Study: Happiness can trigger 'broken heart syndrome' too

Study: Happiness Can Trigger 'Broken Heart Syndrome' Too

Extreme distress has been known to affect the cardiac functions and can cause 'broken heart syndrome.'

Now, researchers from University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland, have found that happiness can also trigger the condition which is officially called Takotsubo syndrome, or TTS.

They came to this conclusion in a recent study by analyzing data from 1,750 patients on the International Takotsubo Registry.

Out of 485 people with emotional triggers, 96 percent had experienced TTS after negative events like a death or accident; however, 4 percent were found to have it after happy occasions like a wedding or birth.

The most susceptible for either were post-menopausal women, with happiness-related incidents happening to a slightly older group.

As such, the researchers recommend that medical professionals be aware of TTS as a possibility for more joyous patients who are exhibiting heart attack-related symptoms.

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