If you are reading this blog, chances are that you are aware of the powerful influence that the mind can have on the body. For far too long, many mainstream doctors have failed to recognize this fact. The tide may now be changing.

Physicians at Johns Hopkins University published a study proving that a broken heart is more than just an emotional state. In what they dubbed Broken Heart Syndrome one experiences symptoms that mimic a classic heart attack after experiencing a traumatic emotional event.

The doctors studied 19 ER patients who had suffered a significant emotional trauma such as the death of spouse or being robbed. Although MRI’s and blood work revealed no signs of heart attack, their physical symptoms were very real and measurable.

The doctors believe that overwhelming emotional stress causes the body to release large amounts of catecholamines (such as adrenaline/epinephrine) and their byproducts into the blood stream. These cause a severe but reversible weakening if the heart.

The good news is that recovery from these events is usually rapid and there is no permanent damage to the heart muscle. Our broken hearts will mend and we will keep learning about how closely linked our mind and body truly are.

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