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Broken Heart Syndrome
Broken heart syndrome (also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy) is a temporary heart condition brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one or in your daughter's case, the birth of her baby. Patients with broken heart syndrome may have sudden chest pain may mimic a heart attack, that may have been caused a surge of stress hormones. In broken heart syndrome, a part of the heart temporarily enlarges and doesn't pump well, while the remainder of the heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions. The condition usually reverses itself in about a week.
To confirm a diagnosis, a variety of tests will need to be done that include blood tests, an EKG, chest X-rays and an cardiac ECHO, and a CTA of the chest to exclude the possibility of a pulmonary embolism.
Treatment is similar to treatment for a heart attack until the diagnosis is clear. Most people stay in the hospital while they recover.
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