Broken heart syndrome linked with cancer

One in six people with broken heart syndrome had cancer and they were less likely to survive for five years after it occurred, according to new international research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Broken heart syndrome, also called takotsubosyndrome, occurs when the heart’s main pumping chamber temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well. Although the syndrome may feel like a , with and shortness of breath, there is no heart muscle damage and no blockage in the coronary arteries feeding the heart. Broken heart syndrome can be triggered by emotional or , but this international study of patients from 26 centers provides the strongest association yet between the syndrome and cancer

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