A study published Thursday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open reported a significant increase in what is known as “broken heart syndrome.”
Data were collected at two hospitals in Ohio in patients who are not infected with coronavirus.
Stress-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo syndrome – often known as “broken heart syndrome” – occurs when the heart muscle weakens, causing chest pain and shortness of breath.
It presents as a heart attack, but is triggered by stressful events, not by blockages of blood circulation.
It can be deadly in very rare cases, but usually people recover within a few days or weeks, writes Anabel.
Researchers report that stress-induced cardiomyopathy is on the rise due to the pandemic situation, which includes fears for personal and relative health, physical distance, economic insecurity.
Although the study is limited – so studies are needed in other areas as well – it remains a good source of information on how the pandemic has affected mental health.