31 Dec '16, 9pm

A broken heart can indeed stop beating - The Straits Times

Can one die of a broken heart? Yes, say doctors. Undertakers also say it is possible, and they cite cases of people who die within months or even weeks after the death of their loved ones. The death of actress Debbie Reynolds last Wednesday - a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died - has led to talk that she died from grief. In Singapore, doctors said they have seen patients who suffered from "broken-heart syndrome", a condition where the heart is weakened after a patient goes through severe emotional stress. Emotions such as sadness, anger and fear can trigger the release of stress hormones such as adrenaline. In excess, this temporarily "stuns" the heart muscle, said cardiologists. The condition, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, does not usually cause death. Tako tsubo is the Japanese term for octopus trap, which is similar in shape to the left ventricle of th...

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