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May 29, 2019

For “Broken Heart” Syndrome, Brain May Hold the Key

JAMA. 2019;321(23):2270-2271. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5198

New research provides further evidence that the brain may play an important part in the pathogenesis of stress-induced “broken heart” syndrome. Patients with this rare condition, formally known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC), have reduced functional connections among brain networks that are involved in emotional processing and autonomic bodily functions, according to recent findings in the European Heart Journal.