Dr. John Ryan, cardiologist with University of Utah Health joins this Health Minute to describe the condition.">

Mar 30, 2017 — Can someone really die of a broken heart? It seems too poetic to be true, but broken heart syndrome is very real and very dangerous. Dr. John Ryan, cardiologist with University of Utah Health joins this Health Minute to describe the condition.

Interview

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Interviewer: Broken hearts syndrome, is that really a thing? If we've heard stories a lot of times about a husband dying and then days later, the wife passes away. Cardiologist Dr. John Ryan, what's going on?

Dr. Ryan: Yeah. So definitely is a thing, broken heart syndrome or stress-induced heart failure in the setting of some sort of major traumatic event, to the death of a loved one, losing your job, or some sort of major stress that's occurred in your life can result in you having a heart attack.

Interviewer: If you find in this situation, is there anything you can do to lessen those chances?

Dr. Ryan: Yeah. I think you need to take care of yourself. Find a way of getting support and comfort of those around you. If you have a history of heart disease, taking your heart medicines, not smoking, staying hydrated, etc. Because many of those things can also contribute to the increased risk of the heart attack and fall by the wayside at times of stress.

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