Your Body On... Be­ing Dumped

Women's Health (South Africa) - - JAN/FEB 2018 -

The sur­pris­ing rea­son you can’t get over it

Wait, what? Ev­ery­thing was okay yes­ter­day and now... It’s over! How? Re­jec­tion hits you hard when it comes as a sur­prise. You’re not emo­tion­ally pre­pared and the re­sult­ing grief trig­gers the re­lease of the stress hor­mones cor­ti­sol and adren­a­line, which can weaken or “stun” your heart mus­cle. Known as Takot­subo car­diomy­opa­thy or bro­ken-heart syn­drome, this phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion of grief can mimic the symp­toms of a heart at­tack. In very rare cases, it can even re­sult in death.

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