Is there really such a thing as a “broken heart”?
Nicknamed “broken heart syndrome”, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (TCM) is a temporary condition associated with sudden, severe weakness of the heart muscle. “Cardio” refers to the heart and “myopathy” means muscle disease. Another name for this condition is “stress-induced cardiomyopathy”, since it is triggered by emotional or physical stress. The disease was first described in 1990 in Japan, but has not been recognized by American doctors until fairly recently.
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