COVID stress could lead to this heart problem

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15th July, 2020 02:02:18 printer

COVID stress could lead to this heart problem


We have been facing upsurge of the pandemic for over six months now; we have been staying confined to our homes, washing our hands religiously and most of all, double and triple-checking anything we touch or eat. Sometimes, it does feel scary thinking how will it ever be once COVID-19 gets over. Needless to say, there's also a rapid rise in stress levels. From fearing the symptoms, hospitalization or just the safety of our loved ones, COVID-19 stress is very much real and has a devastating impact on our lives.

If you thought the stress and fear of catching COVID were just limiting your movement, think again. Experts now say that rising stress-related to COVID-19 is also manifesting into scary symptoms of heart problem or the infamous 'broken heart syndrome'.

Here's why you should be concerned

Ever since the first case of COVID-19 was reported, scientists have been trying to decipher the many different ways the viral infection impacts our body. However, a new study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) found out that with increasing caseloads, doctors are seeing people being hospitalized with symptoms similar to that of a broken heart syndrome, vis-à-vis a heart attack.

While scientists are quick to assert that broken heart syndrome is not typically a symptom of the infection, the physiological and emotional stress brought on by the pandemic is making a lot of people undergo this problem and the condition is quite grave.

What is the broken heart syndrome?

It might sound made up, but broken heart syndrome is very much real, and can have lasting damage. Broken heart syndrome refers to a condition which mimics symptoms of a heart attack which can arise due to trauma or intense stress. Although the condition is not as fatal or life-threatening as a heart attack, it is just as real.


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