Broken heart syndrome (BHS) is characterised by a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping function, which puts the sufferer at increased risk of death. This condition is often brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one.
Dr Chong explained that, although it has long been thought that damage caused by the BHS was only temporary, recent research suggests that this might not be the case saying:
“These studies show that cardiogenic shock is not an uncommon risk factor in broken heart syndrome patients, and it is a strong predictor of death. They shed light on a condition that was previously thought to be less serious than it is.
“The evidence now clearly shows that the condition is not temporary and it highlights an urgent need to establish new and more effective treatments and careful monitoring of people with this condition.”