Research has reportedly identified a spike in cases of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or “broken heart syndrome,” over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Experts said the potentially fatal stress-induced heart condition is disproportionately affecting women.
“I don’t know how much we can really blame COVID, or how much of this is that we’re just recognizing more of it,” Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, director of the Barbra Streisand Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, told “Good Morning America” on Monday. “But, heart disease is the leading killer of women and all ages, including teenagers, midlife women and older women. This is just a component of that major killer. So, it’s really something that needs to be addressed.”
Merz said one in five of those who suffer from the heart-brain disorder will have another attack within a decade.
In an October news release, Cedars-Sinai shared Smidt Heart Institute research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, which suggests that middle-aged and older women are being diagnosed up to 10 times more often than younger women or men of any age.
The study suggested that the condition has become more common, with incidences rising since well before coronavirus swept the globe.
Author(s): Julia Musto
Publication Date: 8 Feb 2022
Publication Site: Fox News