Broken Heart Syndrome

Some still do not believe that a person can actually die from a broken heart. They consider it simply a romanticized illusion. However, that is incorrect. It is more technically known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy and even the healthy can succumb to it. The experts believe it is caused from a reaction to a surge of stress hormones and it is more common in women than men.

It is often misdiagnosed as a heart attack. The symptoms and the results of tests they perform are quite similar. However, there is one major difference…there is no evidence found of blocked arteries. In addition, an EKG will have different results. It is also easily treatable and unlikely to reoccur (but not impossible). In rare cases though, it can be fatal. If you have chest pains, shortness of breath, or a very rapid or irregular heartbeat… seek emergency assistance immediately.

Many Bereaved Moms will speak of having a broken heart; they will often complain of experiencing shortness of breath. Such things ought not be ignored and dismissed. They can be serious. Some who have had past heart issues are especially in danger. “In broken heart syndrome, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the rest of your heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions.” (Am. Heart association). “A temporary constriction of the large or small arteries of the heart has been suspected to play a role.” (Mayo Clinic).

“It’s also possible that some drugs, rarely, may cause broken heart syndrome by causing a surge of stress hormones. Drugs that may contribute to broken heart syndrome include:

  • Epinephrine (EpiPen, EpiPen Jr.), which is used to treat severe allergic reactions or a severe asthma attack
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta), a medication given to treat nerve problems in people with diabetes, or as a treatment for depression
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor XR), which is a treatment for depression
  • Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levoxyl), a drug given to people whose thyroid glands don’t work properly” (Mayo Clinic).

Mt. 26:37-38 “And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.  Then He said to them, ‘My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death (italics added); remain here and keep watch with Me.’”

The entire chapter of Isaiah 53 describes Jesus’ grief.  Here are the excerpts: “A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”; “surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows he carried”; “But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief”; and “As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied”.

” It was said that a strong man could hang on the cross, some say, up to ten days before their bodies were so tired that they could not continue the process to get breath.  Jesus, who was most likely a healthy man (he was a carpenter) was on the cross for only six hours before He died (Mark 15:25, 33). Jesus was in his early to middle thirties and was most likely a strong man since He was a carpenter and walked most everywhere He went.  If Jesus did die the normal crucifixion death, why did He die so quickly?  Couldn’t he have lived longer on the cross?  Let me suggest that Jesus died from stress-induced cardiomyopathy as a result of the rejection and grief he experienced as he walked the world.” (Confessions of a Funeral Director).

“stress, pain, anxiety, fear and rage sometimes appear in indexes of textbooks on the heart but never love.  In surprising number of cases of premature coronary heart disease and premature death, interpersonal unhappiness, the lack of love and human loneliness, seem to appear as root causes of the physical problems. We have learned that human beings have varied and at times profound effects on the cardiac systems of other human beings.  Loneliness and grief often overwhelm bereaved individuals and the toll taken on the heart can be clearly seen.  As the mortality statistics indicate this is not myth or romantic fairy tale.  All available evidence suggests that people do indeed die of broken hearts” (Dr. James Lynch)

“God is love. That is why he suffers. To love our suffering, sinful world is to suffer. God so suffered for the world that he gave up his only Son to suffer.  The one who does not see God’s suffering does not see his love.  God is suffering love.  Suffering is down at the center of things, deep down where the meaning is.  Suffering is the meaning of our world. The tears of God are the meaning of history.” (Nicholas Wolterstorff)

(((HUGS)))  Jude Gibbs, Author of ‘Gifts from the Ashes’ available at: Xulon PressAmazon, Barnes & Noble and DeeperShopping. Also, a Contributor on ‘The Mighty’:

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2 thoughts on “Broken Heart Syndrome

  1. I agree, I was thinking this past Easter Sunday, that Mary Jesus mother saw her son die right before her eyes, as I was praying I said to the Lord please help me get through this day, because I lost my son 18 months ago. And I said I know how Mary your mother felt when you died heal my heart and help me and he does he will set you free.

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