According to research, a divorce, the death of a loved one, betrayal, or romantic rejection, can damage the heart muscle. The sudden rush of hormones caused by these emotionally stressful events can, in extreme cases, cause victims to die from Takotsubo Syndrome.
It is believed that in Britain alone more than 3,000 people per year suffer from Broken Heart Syndrome, also known as Takotsubo Syndrome.
The Daily Mail reported that, up until now, it was believed that the heart could fully recover; however, research published in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography suggests otherwise. It is now believed that the heart muscle actually suffers damage, which could explain why sufferers of Takotsubo Syndrome often have a life expectancy similar to those who have suffered a heart attack.