You may have felt and/or heard of the “Broken Heart Syndrome”. It is as real as it feels. When the heart breaks figuratively, it also can break literally. A stressful, taxing, emotionally painful event can cause your heart to swell for some time. The temporary swelling can cause a cardiomyopathy. (Cardiomyopathy is enlargement of the heart and can cause chest pains, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, fatigue and irregular heartbeat.) Discovered years ago in Japan, and now referred to as Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, this syndrome is becoming more recognized and diagnosed. In 2015, a study showed a tenfold increase in diagnosis and grew more than 10 fold (likely due to technological advances). The New England Journal of Medicine reported in 2014 that stress reduction and controlling anxiety help to heal a broken heart.
“With time, grace and a little CoQ10, Magnesium, Ribose and yoga, you CAN mend a broken heart”.
-Dr. Lewerenz, D.O, FAAFRM