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Women and Heart Disease: Broken Heart Syndrome

broken heart with band aidWhile “broken heart syndrome” may sound like the theme of a romance novel, it’s a very real health condition that mostly affects women. In fact, more than 90 percent of reported cases occur in women ages 58 to 75.

Also called takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress cardiomyopathy, broken heart syndrome is a condition in which the heart muscle suddenly becomes weakened or stunned, and the left ventricle — one of the heart’s lower chambers that’s responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood to tissues throughout the body — temporarily changes shape.