Your Broken Heart May Kill You (Ladies Only)

broken heartYou know how men get to pee standing up? Yeah, evidently that's not the only leg up (tee hee) they have on women. A new study has revealed that women are 7.5 times more likely than men to suffer from "broken heart syndrome." So not only is broken heart syndrome a real thing (great), it's also a bias condition that apparently attacks females more than it goes after the men (double great).

Let's first talk about the fact that we can actually have chest pains and a legit heart problem if we don't deal with our emotional distress.


Maybe I'm naive, but I didn't really think a broken heart could be medical condition. I mean, I know how painful it can feel -- had my heart ripped out of my chest once, spat on, and punted across the ocean after hearing some bad news, and let me tell you, my heart really did quite literally hurt. I got this tightness in my chest that just wouldn't go away. Massage helped, but it's not like I could comfortably knead what looked like my boobs at my desk while at work. Looking back now, I guess I suffered from very mild broken heart syndrome.

Lucky for me, time healed that wound. But for some women, approximately 5,400 to be close to exact, didn't fare as well. Research from last year shows that that number of women were hospitalized from the symptoms associated with a broken heart. And the broken heart can be caused by any number of things: a breakup, a divorce, the death of a loved one, it's all fair game.

Doctors are able to tell that it's BHS because there aren't any clogged arteries or other visible health maladies that would cause such a condition, and it's the only heart affliction that affects women more then men.

Instead of focusing on how unjust that is (why are we being punished for caring so much?), maybe what we should take away from this is that if we get our hearts broken, it's important to try and mend it. I'm no doc, but I would assume therapy, be it with a professional or with good friends, exercise, and a renewed sense of purpose would be a great place to start when trying to heal. 

Because no one wants a broken heart to turn into a hospitalization. Clearly, we have bigger problems on our hands (and hearts).

Have you ever experience a broken heart or broken heart syndrome? How did you heal?


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