- Jul 8, 2003
'Broken heart syndrome' has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, small study suggests
A study published Thursday found a significant increase in "broken heart syndrome" at two Ohio hospitals among some patients who don't have coronavirus, suggesting that the physical, social and economic stressors from the pandemic are taking a physical toll.
Stress-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo syndrome -- which is often called "broken heart syndrome" -- occurs when the heart muscles weaken, leading to chest pain and shortness of breath. It presents like a heart attack, but is triggered by stressful events, not blockages in the bloodstream.