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Does ‘broken heart’ syndrome originate in the brain?

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For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that the brain may be involved in the development of ‘broken heart’ syndrome, also known as Takotsubo syndrome (TTS).

TTS is characterized by a sudden temporary weakening of the left ventricle in the heart that is usually a result of severe stress. This causes the left ventricle of the heart to balloon out at the bottom while the neck remains narrow, which creates a shape resembling a Japanese octopus trap, from which it gets its name.

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