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Hearts are breaking at increasing rates, researchers have found.

A life-threatening medical condition called broken heart syndrome is being reported at increasing rates, according to a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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A temporary condition, also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is a sudden weakening of the heart muscle and usually occurs after a period of severe emotional or physical stress. While potentially life-threatening, most people recover within two months.

A disturbing study published Wednesday found that brocade heart syndrome has been on the rise in both men and women in recent years, with the sharpest increase seen in women 50 to 74.

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Indeed, an analysis of 135,463 cases of broken heart syndrome reported in U.S. hospitals from 2006 to 2017 showed that women accounted for 88.3 percent of all cases and that older women reported it more than six to six times more than younger women and men. 12 times higher rate.

“These skyrocketing rates are both interesting and concerning,” senior study author Dr. Susan Cheng told American Heart Association News of her and her team’s findings. They believe that overall stress, the end of menopause, and technology may contribute to such distinctively higher rates of older women.

“As we advance in age and take on more life and work responsibilities, we experience higher stress levels,” she said. “And with increasing digitization in every aspect of our lives, environmental stressors have intensified as well.”

The study authors worked exclusively with pre-pandemic data, but believe that COVID-19 is likely to further increase rates of the condition, one that many broken hearts report undiagnosed or Being done can be unbearable.

“We know that the heart-brain relationship has been deeply affected during the pandemic. We are at the tip of the iceberg as to what they are,” Cheng told the publication.

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