How is broken heart syndrome treated?

Initially, the symptoms of broken heart syndrome will be treated like those of a heart attack. Once a diagnosis is made, broken heart syndrome is treated with medicines such as ACE inhibitors to lower blood pressure, beta blockers to slow the heart rate, diuretics to decrease fluid buildup, and anti-anxiety medicines to manage stress.

Treatments such as angioplasty, stent placement, and surgery are used to treat a heart attack but are NOT used in cases of broken heart syndrome because they address the problem of blocked arteries, which is not found in broken heart syndrome.

What are the complications associated with broken heart syndrome?

At times, broken heart syndrome can lead to serious heart problems such as:

  • Failure of the heart to be able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs
  • Heart beat patterns that are much faster or slower than normal
  • Damage to heart valves
  • Backup of fluid in the lungs
  • Low blood pressure

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