Heal A Heart: Broken, Abused, OR Lonely
Symptoms of BHS
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- An irregular heartbeat
- A generalized weakness
Know When It's a Heartattack
Because BHS can feel very similar to a Heartattack, stay alert and seek immediate help if the following apply:
- Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone
- Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
- Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn)
- Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
- Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
They may say it's is far better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all, but what if there are subtle yet damaging consequences to having lost love. Broken Heart Syndrome (BHS) also known as Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart is physically under siege from a surge of stress hormones. While the heart still circulates blood, part of it will enlarge which inadequately pumps blood flowing through.
Tako-tsubo (toe-koe-sue-bo) is a Japanese term meaning Octopus trap. It symbolizes the way a heart reacts when under stress.
Cardiomyopathy (kahr-dee-oh-my-OP-uh-thee) is a disease in which the heart is weakened and enlarged. There are three forms: dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive. This condition decreases the heart's ability to circulate blood throughout the body which can lead to heart failure.
So now that you're good and scared of having a broken heart, lets consider all the lonely and broken hearts on Valentine's day. The main focus of this hub is to prevent and/or arrest the occurrence of a broken heart. If you've been in love, you've certainly felt the pain of a heart being broken, or even the idea of losing that love could almost kill you. Well as it turns out, feeling that kind of stress repeatedly can not only lead to a weakened stamina, depression, anxiety, and panic, but also a physically weakened heart.
If you're going to do something worthwhile this Valentine's day, it is to remind the ones you love that you love them; call up a friend who might feel alone on this day and talk to them; smile at a stranger if they look lonely; and for yourself, be happy with whom you are on this day (and whenever possible).
Broken Heart Detector
Not sure if you know anyone who might be experiencing the pangs (and symptoms) of BHS? Here are some causes:
News of an unexpected death of a loved one
A frightening medical diagnosis
Losing a lot of money
A surprise party
Having to perform publicly
Physical stressors, such as an asthma attack, infection, a car accident or major surgery
It's safe to say that the main cause of BHS is stress, and any type of it can be a slow detriment to the heart.
Why Humor Heals
Courtesy of helpguide.org
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension
and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Physical Health Benefits:
- Boosts immunity
- Lowers stress hormones
- Decreases pain
- Relaxes your muscles
- Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:
- Adds joy and zest to life
- Eases anxiety and fear
- Relieves stress
- Improves mood
- Enhances resilience
- Strengthens relationships
- Attracts others to us
- Enhances teamwork
- Helps defuse conflict
- Promotes group bonding
The Best Medicine
Because chronic BHS can lead to the condition of Cardiomyopathy, it may have to be treated by a professional using medication, surgery, or a heart transplant (In very severe cases). Most of the time though, BHS can reverse itself within a month or two depending on the treatment used.
However, you can always be the cure or help the cure! Be the anti-stress remedy to BHS for people who you know have experienced the many causes.
News of an unexpected death of a loved one - Sit with the person and listen, they might have stories of good times past, or just want to talk. It's better for them to get the poison of pain out than to hold it in.
A frightening medical diagnosis - Create a safe haven/environment for that person to confide in you, shed some tears, and remain open-minded to their cause.
Domestic Abuse - Encourage the victim to have confidence in their abilities. Remind them of the good they are capable of. Keep in mind that victims of Domestic Abuse usually blame themselves, so don't focus on faults or blame, but on a possible future pursuing goals.
Losing a lot of money - They may being having feelings of inadequacy, failure, and low self-esteem. Stay away from I told you say, or hypothetical situations. There's a lot of good that comes out of taking a huge risk.
A surprise party - Sit them down with a glass of water (redirects their attention), and if the person is visibly disturbed, bring them to another room to regain their composure.
Having to perform publicly - This is a tough one, and imagining everyone in the room in their underwear doesn't always work. What has worked for me, is seeing the outcome, looking beyond the performance to the end when it's done and over with.
Physical stressors (Asthma, infection, car accident, major surgery) - In the likelihood of any of these events, immediately bring the person into an environment with professional help. Not only will they feel better knowing they are in good hands, but you won't freak out as well.
And of course the best medicine is LAUGHTER, even if it's only getting them to crack a smile, a lot more is done physiologically to bring them out of the gloom than you might think.
If you know anyone, Who might need someone, Reach Out
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A subtle twisting in my chest
I breath, I've loved
I gasp, the loss
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