Hearts actually can break

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Scott Sharkey, M.D.

[Wall Street Journal, February 09, 2010]  Dorothy Lee and her husband of 40 years were driving home from a Bible study group one wintry night when their car suddenly hit the curb. Mrs. Lee looked at her husband, who was driving, and saw his head bob a couple of times and fall on his chest. In the ensuing minutes, Mrs. Lee recalls, she managed to avoid a crash while stopping the car, called 911 on her cellphone and tried to revive her husband before an ambulance arrived. But at the hospital, soon after learning her husband had died of a heart attack, Mrs. Lee's heart appeared to give out as well. She experienced sudden sharp pains in her chest, felt faint and went unconscious. The phenomenon is a "concussion" of the heart, says Scott Sharkey, a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute. "It's really a heart attack which is triggered by stress rather than by a blocked artery," he says. Read the entire article on the Wall Street Journal's website.

Posted on February 09, 2010 in Allina Health System

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