Heartbroken? What does it feel like? How does one know if a heart is broken?
Symptoms of a broken heart:
Heartache: Physical symptoms of a broken heart can manifest–and beyond just a dull ache.
Crying: For “no apparent reason.” Crying is a form of emotional release, and is therapeutic; however, there comes a point when emotional stress and sadness can evolve into depression.
Weight: Heartbreak is oftentimes followed by weight loss or weight gain.
Thoughts: “I’ll never love again,” or “No one wants me”; engages mind into a cycle of thinking that will keep the heart broken; thoughts lead to emotional pain and heartache. LiveStrong.com
Often times a broken heart will mimic a heart attack. Some experience this during times of intense grief.
Chest pain being an indicator the heart is unable to pump properly; a result of the Fight or Flight mechanism, creating a flood of chemicals, including adrenaline. This rush of chemicals causes the heart to malfunction, thus creating chest pain. Depending on the intensity, may feel like a heart attack.
Treatment for “broken heart” syndrome (Cardiomyopath) doesn’t exist; some are hospitalized, and are given drugs to ease the heart during the trauma, and typically heal within a month or two.
Broken heart syndrome is very different than a heart attack, and should be treated as such. Talking out emotional pain with a trusted loved one, friend or Doctor/Therapist is necessary to release the internal agony.
At times the blood vessels are unable to pump strong enough from the heart; thus causing heart failure if left untreated; this is the body’s indicator to be hospitalized immediately. Second guessing could cause the death of a life.
Often in the emergency rooms Doctor’s are unable to differentiate between Stress Cardiomyopath and Myocardial Infarction (Cardiac Arrest), and may treat for heart attack in an emergency until further tests are performed.
There are five stages of grief during the loss of a loved one, which are the same for those experiencing a broken heart.
Denial where one isolates from those around them.
Anger is another powerful emotion; lashing out at others is common.
Bargaining causes one to react irrational to try and bring back the loved one, or thinking they may return.
Depression manifests feelings of anger, sadness and guilt; if the healing process is haulted here, seeking professional advice is necessary.
Acceptance or coming to terms with the situation. Anger and depression are no longer a daily stressor.
Stop the stress before the stress stops the body! Watch the attached video for a Doctor’s point of view of Stress Cardiomyopathy or Broken Heart Syndrome.