We are all exposed to stress every day, but neither of us thinks about the impact it has on our health and more specifically, on our heart’s health.
Stress can’t be the direct cause of a heart attack, but it contributes to the risks of having one in the future. Also, recent studies have shown that some people who have a very stressful life have a higher chance to experience the “broken heart syndrome”, also known as “stress-induced cardiomyopathy”.
The “broken heart syndrome” is caused by stress and feels just like a heart attack. Some of the symptoms are chest pain and shortness of breath. Usually, those symptoms manifest when the person is under a very stressful situation. Also, because it is so similar to a heart attack, most people panic even more and that contributes to the symptoms.
This syndrome is treated just like a usual heart attack, including beta-blockers and other medications.
Researches state that 90% of the cases that suffered the “stress-induced cardiomyopathy” are women aged 58 to 75. This could be possible because women are more likely to experience emotional stress than men.
It is worth mentioning that stress itself is very harmful to our health. Even if a person won’t experience the condition mentioned before, that doesn’t mean that their heart is safe. Stress is one of the main causes of a real heart attack, so people should pay more attention to it.