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How is broken heart syndrome diagnosed?

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At the hospital, you may get blood tests and an electrocardiogram (EKG). If it’s broken heart syndrome, those results will help confirm that it wasn’t a heart attack.

Imaging tests -- a coronary angiogram, for example -- would show that your organ's lower left chamber is bigger than normal, and that your heart isn’t pumping the way it should.

Tell your doctor about your loss and your grief, too. This can help him figure out what’s going on.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Frequently Asked Questions About Broken Heart Syndrome.”

American Heart Association: “Is Broken Heart Syndrome Real?”

Mayo Clinic: “Broken Heart Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Frequently Asked Questions About Broken Heart Syndrome.”

American Heart Association: “Is Broken Heart Syndrome Real?”

Mayo Clinic: “Broken Heart Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 14, 2018

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