Researchers say 'Broken Heart Syndrome' is real

WASHINGTON (KWCH) Researchers at the University of Washington say a person can actually suffer from a broken heart.

UW Medicine cardiologist Dr. Zachary Goldberger says he sees around a patient a week who have this syndrome.

Goldberger described the symptoms of broken heart syndrome as being similar to a heart attack. A person can suffer from emotional and physical stress as a result.

"Typically we see it in middle-aged women, 60s-70s, who have had some sort of emotional or physical stress, loss of a loved one, hardship economically," said Dr. Goldberger.

According to Goldberger, the syndrome is typically short-lived, but it can persist.

"What they're presented with is chest pain, loss of breath....Only after the heart attack has been ruled out are we starting to entertain this diagnosis of this broken heart syndrome, which is more medically called stress cardiomyopathy."

The doctor says middle-aged women are more impacted by broken heart syndrome than men.