Scientists have recently proven that a sudden shock caused by either good or bad news can trigger a lethal reaction in the human heart. The condition is called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and is characterized by a provisional weakening of the heart muscle. Usually this particular weakening is caused by strong emotional disturbance such as a bad break-up, the death of a loved one or exposure to constant stress. That’s why it’s more famous as the “broken heart syndrome”.
But the name of the syndrome should not fool anyone. Receiving good news all of a sudden like winning the lottery, for example, could also lead to an episode of emotional stress in which your body suffers from an immensely strong adrenaline surge that could lead to a cardiac arrest.
Despite the severity of the Broken Heart Syndrome the cases in which people die because of it are extremely rare. There is a treatment that is generally supportive in nature and the prognosis for patients that survived the initial acute phase of the syndrome are excellent.