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Heart Disease

Heart Disease.

1) Coronary Artery Disease

2) Enlarged Heart (Cardiomegaly)

3) Heart Attack

4) Irregular Heart Rhythm

6) Atrial Fibrillation

7) Heart Valve Disease

8) Sudden Cardiac Death

9) Congenital Heart Disease

10) Heart Muscle Disease (Cardiomyopathy)

11) Dilated Cardiomyopathy

12) Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

13) Restrictive Cardiomyopathy

14) Pericarditis

15) Pericardial Effusion

16) Marfan Syndrome

17) Stroke

And to the surprise of many, broken heart syndrome is very real.. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy.. Speaking from experience, your heart really does feel like its breaking.Symptoms:

Features of takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Chest pain and shortness of breath after severe stress (emotional or physical)

Electrocardiogram abnormalities that mimic those of a heart attack

No evidence of coronary artery obstruction

Movement abnormalities in the left ventricle

Ballooning of the left ventricle

Takotsubo comes from the meaning fishing pot for trapping octopus…the Octopus when in the pot experience such distress that they swell. They say the meaning is because of the shape of the pot but the true meaning comes from the actual distress that causes involuntary swelling in the octopus.

“It is a type of non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy in which there is a sudden temporary weakening of the myocardium. Because this weakening can be triggered by emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one, a break-up, or constant anxiety, it is also known as broken heart syndrome. Stress cardiomyopathy is a well-recognized cause of acute heart failure, lethal ventricular arrhythmias, and ventricular rupture”

-Quoted from Wikipedia