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Joyful Events Can Lead to "Broken Heart Syndrome," Says Study

Although takotsubo cardiomyopathy is often referred to as "broken heart syndrome" because of its occurrence in response to strongly negative emotions, such as grief or intense anger, new research suggests that positive emotions can also sometimes act as a trigger.

Not surprisingly, most of the 485 patients assessed from the International Takotsubo (InterTAK) Registry experienced a preceding negative emotional event (96%). However, the other 4% of these patients had had a pleasant occurrence.