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Takotsubo, also known as Broken Heart Syndrome

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a term to describe when there is a sudden temporary weakening of the heart muscle. This weakening is usually triggered by acute emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one, job loss, or marital discourse. 

It is no wonder why this situation is also known as Broken Heart Syndrome. 

Case Report

The typical story is a woman, between the ages of 40 and 60, experiences a stressful traumatic event. She develops sudden chest pain, comes to the emergency room, and it seems as if she is having a heart attack. Blood tests and EKG look like heart attack. An echocardiogram confirms a part of the heart is not moving normally.

Then, she is taken to the cath lab for an angiogram, and her arteries look NORMAL!

But damage has been done..from something. 

I have seen many of these cases. What is most scary is that the frequency seems to be increasing. 

My patient Diana M. had a big argument with her boss. It doesn’t matter who was right or wrong (seems like her boss was totally unreasonable). What matters is that she took the fight to heart…literally. 

Don’t YOU take it to heart. 

Did You Have a Heart Attack? 

Cardiologists are not sure what is the cause of Takotsubo inside the artery.  There are some likely scenarios though.

  1. The stressful situation releases a large amount of stress hormones like epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine and cortisol. The leads to sudden a sudden spasm in the blood vessel known as a vasospasm
  2. The stressful situation leads to a rise in sticky blood factors or hypercoagulability leading to this response. 
  3. The stressful situation leads to massive sympathetic tone increase, thus shutting down blood flow to the involved area of the heart. 

Takotsubo occurs all over the world and is thought to be responsible for 1 out of 50 cases of sudden heart attacks. The name “takotsubo” comes from the Japanese word takotsubo “octopus trap”, because the left ventricle of the heart takes on a shape resembling an octopus trap when affected by this condition.

Why is this Happening?

Clearly, the stress around the world is increasing. Relationship stress, job strain, and past emotional trauma aren’t going away anytime soon. 

Add the mental trauma to the physical trauma occurring on a daily basis from things such as air pollution, EMF from technology, and a toxic environment (read my blog on MOLD) and the recipe for vasospasm is there. 

Also, our toxic lifestyle is a contributing factor. I think you will get a lot of value from reading my page on congestive heart failure about the healthy lifestyle and heart failure here

Prevent an Event

It would be easy for me to say, don’t stress, and you won’t have a Takotsubo event. It’s true, but not very practical. Stress is a major factor in our lives. But clearly, we need to work on ways to decrease our stress burden. Anything in your life causing stress, is it worth it? Can you get rid of it? Hate your job? Find a new one. Can’t stand your spouse? May be time to move on. 

I have two supplements that I believe are great for prevention of Takotsubo: Heart Beet and Vessel Support. The purpose of using both those is to increase nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide (NO) keeps blood vessels open and these two supplements work to increase NO from two different angles. 

Also, there are supplements to help you deal with stress better. After all, we can’t totally eliminate stress from our lives. Here is the link to an article I wrote about stress that you are sure to enjoy. 

Finally, chiropractic care keeps the autonomic nervous system in balance. Make sure to get adjusted. 

Good News

People recover from Takotsubo very often. But this is not guaranteed. The information in my book and blog is sure to help you recover better and faster. 

After all, some people don’t recover, or worse, don’t survive the initial event. 

My patient from above is doing well and her heart is back to normal because she followed my plan. 

Pharmaceuticals are not the answer. The health and wellness lifestyle are the answer. 

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