Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Broken heart syndrome.  Nice article on it in today’s Wall Street Journal.  So how does one try to prevent the condition?  Eliminate stress (ha!).

What differentiates Takostsubo from a “real” heart attack is of course the absence of blocked coronary arteries.  But I don’t view this as an all-or-nothing phenomenon.  Clearly the issues that give rise to TC aren’t healthy for heart function in general.

I gave a (ha!) after the notion of eliminating stress because it’s so much easier said than done.  The end of the WSJ article suggests exercise, meditation, and yoga.  The 62 year-old featured patient in the article recently retired, and if one is in a position to do that I can sure see how that would reduce stress!  Add that to the list of things that needn’t be all-or-nothing.  Perhaps when I’m 64 …

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

  1. doctuhdon says:

    Love the a cappella singing !

    Music is a wonderful stress reducer !

  2. Big time stress reducer! There’s something special about harmonious a cappella that tunes the heartstrings, bathing us in a sense of calm …

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