[인사이트] Reporter Kang Yoo-jeong = The pain of parting with a loved one is often expressed as ‘it hurts like my heart stops’ or ‘it hurts like my heart is breaking’.
It is a metaphorical expression of hardship and heartache.
However, there is a case where the heart problem occurred because of the pain of parting, and it is becoming a hot topic.
On the 22nd (local time), the online media Bastille Post reported the story of a woman diagnosed with broken heart syndrome after breaking up with her boyfriend.
The main character of the story, Xiao Li (27), who lives in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, recently broke up with her boyfriend.
After the breakup, Xiao-ori often cried at the thought of her ex-boyfriend in the middle of the night. Every time he did, he was always short of breath and his chest ached.
As his breathing became shorter and the pain intensified as if his chest was being ripped apart, he went to the hospital.
The doctor diagnosed Shaori’s heart as broken heart syndrome.
Broken heart syndrome is also called ‘stress cardiomyopathy’.
‘Stress cardiomyopathy’ refers to a temporary failure of the heart muscle to function due to extreme sadness or anger experiencing a great psychological shock.
Excess adrenaline secretion causes the blood vessels to the heart to contract excessively, causing chest pain, shortness of breath, and palpitations.
Symptoms are similar to those of acute myocardial infarction, but the heart muscle is not actually damaged or blood vessels are blocked, so if you rest, it will recover naturally within an average of one to two months.
However, according to one study, stress cardiomyopathy can cause serious complications comparable to acute myocardial infarction.
If done incorrectly, shock may appear, or in severe cases, cardiac arrest may occur.
It is known that the incidence of stress cardiomyopathy is 7.5 times higher in women than in men.
In response, experts emphasized the importance of not feeling depressed alone when experiencing psychological difficulties, and advised that appropriate exercise, appreciation of movies, and chatting with friends are good ways to calm the mind.