What is the outlook/prognosis for patients with broken heart syndrome?

Although broken heart syndrome can occasionally be fatal, most people recover within days or weeks. There is no permanent damage to the heart muscle, and there is low risk for having a recurrence (no more than 10-percent of cases). In comparison, the recovery time from a heart attack can be a month or more.

The doctor may recommend a follow-up echocardiogram about 4 to 6 weeks after discharge from the hospital, and other visits to the doctor may be required depending on the specifics of the patient’s case.

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