Posts Tagged ‘adrenaline’

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.)

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Your palms are sweaty, your head is spinning, and you can’t even bear to look at food.  Think you’re coming down with the flu? Think again. You’re probably just in love.We all know love can make you crazy. Whether it’s checking Facebook, jumping at the sound of your text message alert, or vowing to physically harm anyone who is even remotely a threat (okay, maybe that last one is just me), we’ve all been there. But aside from these psychological drawbacks to love, there are also physical maladies that can be brought on by your own romantic happiness.

The most significant effect being in love has on your body is the increase in adrenaline. Though it may be slightly lower than the amount of adrenaline pumping through one’s body as they’re trying to lift a car off of someone, the extra adrenaline in your body can throw your whole system out of whack.

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