Some People Die from a Happy Heart


Published: May 8, 2022

Researchers in Germany have concluded that people not only die from “broken heart syndrome,” but also “happy heart syndrome.” Takotsubo syndrome is the official diagnosis for the sudden heart failure that sometimes occurs after grief or extreme conflict. The new findings suggest that for a small number of people, happy moments like weddings or the birth of a grandchild can also trigger heart failure. The patients who experienced these intense emotions and subsequently had abnormal heart swelling were mostly male and an average of 70 years old.

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