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Five Best Ways to Mend a Broken Heart

Cristale Adams is an online author and publisher. Her articles vary in topics and focus on real life. She always enjoys learning new things.


Broken Heart Syndrome

Yes, it is a real condition that affects people! And is almost exclusively found in women. Broken heart syndrome is also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy (the keywords are 'stressed induced') or takotsubo cardiomyopathy. This condition is a weakening of the muscular tissue within the heart. The heart then becomes enlarged or broken from what it once originally was. This can happen suddenly but is definitely almost always some form of stress-induced. Most patient cases with this specific condition fully recover with no long-term heart damage or complications although it can happen multiple times. Recovery from this is approximately one month, depending on the severity. This is the time it takes for the heart to become much less inflamed and return to its normal size.

Broken heart syndrome is a chemical reaction that can resemble a heart attack and is often misdiagnosed as one. Although there are no physical blockages or obstructions that reduce the blood flow to the heart, stress hormones release adrenaline which can alter the heart muscle cells or coronary blood vessels, or both. The alterations will then cause the heart tissue to weaken and inflammation to occur. Since a particular part of the heart is temporarily enlarged during this time due to stress and inflammation, the heart will not pump blood in or out very efficiently. The heart's rhythm and feeling change to what is very similar to a heart attack. It can be fatal if not treated right away.

Symptoms and Causes

Some symptoms may be sudden and or severe, depending on the type of stress and the longevity. This may also feel like a very intense panic attack or an anxiety attack. Some symptoms of broken heart syndrome can include but are not limited to:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fainting

The causes of broken heart syndrome can range from one particular tragic event to multiple tragic events combined. There is a high chance that a person will experience a broken heart multiple times during a lifetime. Some of the most common causes of a broken heart can include:

  • The sudden loss of a loved one
  • Domestic abuse
  • An intense argument or debate
  • A surprise party or other sudden surprise.
  • Public speaking

A Broken Heart Hurts

Five Best Ways to Mend a Broken Heart

There is no standard generalized treatment for a broken heart because everybody and the causes are different. Mending a broken heart really depends on the severity and longevity of the stress factor(s). The lower amount of stress a person carries, the healthier the heart will be and the chances of having a broken heart will be greatly reduced.

There are times when physicians will prescribe heart failure medications like beta-blockers to regulate a person's heart rate. ACE inhibitors are also prescribed to lower a person's blood pressure.

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It is highly important to alleviate any physical or emotional stress that may have played a role in triggering the disorder. There are certain things to avoid so that there are no triggers to begin having a broken heart. This is where self-love, taking care, and some rest come into the treatment.

1. An Injectable Tissue Patch

This cardiac tissue is lab-grown and smaller than a postage stamp. This procedure is minimally invasive. The patch acts like a bandage and helps the heart to heal organically. The surrounding heart cells remain functional to ensure proper healing of the damaged area. After injection from the needle, the patch will unfold on its own and take the shape and form of the damaged area. This special patch will improve cardio function. This is however brand new technology and clinical research is still being conducted.


2. Spray-On Heart

Scientists and researchers have discovered that if they spray heart cells onto a protein sheet, the heart cells will stick to the protein and begin to grow. They then form small new and healthy sections of heart tissue. Spraying heart cells with protein can repair the damaged sections of the heart. This could increase blood flow and increase the heart's strength. Again clinical research and studies are still currently being performed.


3. Beta-Blockers and Ace Inhibitors

As mentioned earlier, this method is the usual treatment right after a broken heart occurs however the dosages may differ among people. The main purposes of these medications are to lower high blood pressure and to treat chronic heart failure and stroke. These types of medications can also treat a migraine. Beta-blockers alone can relieve chest pain. This is one of the best ways to mend a broken heart because it can help the heart muscles and tissue to recover and become stronger while gaining the other positive effects that is brings to decrease recovery time.


4. Anti Anxiety and Anti Depressant Medication

These types of medications are another great way to mend a broken heart because they can take the "edge" off of life. It makes life a little easier because certain emotions, like stress and worry, can take a back seat while more positive energy and a clear head can operate. Be sure to take medication regularly and according to dosages. So while the heart is trying to recover, the mind can relax not to overwhelm the heart again.

5. Talk Therapy

The final best way to mend a broken heart is more of a holistic approach that does not use medications or surgeries. This method is any type of therapy, counseling, or emotional support for the person suffering from a broken heart. This is best for releasing old and undealt emotions and or wounds. This is a good way to recover and is also a form of self-care. This is also a way to improve mental health as well as emotional health. Regular visits can increase overall positive energy and living. Many people do need some form of talk therapy in their life, although many will not do so.

From a Professional

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Cristale Adams

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