If you have a heart, chances are it has been broken before. Maybe a relative died or an ex broke your heart (word of advice: don’t blog about it. Yikes!), but something happened that put your ticker through some emotional distress.
For most of us, a broken heart is just a figure of speech. Sure, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep and you don’t enjoy the things you once loved, but there’s little physical pain attached to the heartache. For a select few people, however, a broken heart can mimic the agony of an actual heart attack.
Broken Heart Syndrome was first identified in the 1990s by Japanese medical researchers. The condition, caused by a sudden rush of hormones and adrenaline, can actually cause one’s heart to begin behaving as though it’s having a heart attack. But while the body’s experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, it isn’t suffering from the physical damage associated with such a medical trauma. Sure, broken hearts are a pain, but they don’t actually clog your arteries. (The food consumed during a broken heart, however, just might.)
And as if the possibility of a faux heart attack wasn’t bad enough, a new study suggests that Broken Heart Syndrome is more common in women than men. (Figures. Am I right, ladies?)
A cardiologist at the University of Arkansas conducted the study out of curiosity after noticing an unequal number of women and men being treated for the condition. The data was surprising: of the 6,229 cases of Broken Heart Syndrome studied, only 671 cases were those of men. That means 5,558 of those broken hearts belonged to women.
The exact reason for the gender inequality for Broken Heart Syndrome is still unclear, but two popular theories are that men are either better at dealing with stress or are just less emotional than women. I don’t know about the former, but as for the latter? Thanks, MedicalNewsToday.com, but I could have told you that.