Can Breakups Cause Heartbreak?

April 10, 2020


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Breakups are difficult experiences to go through for any couple. They often involve a lot of overwhelming emotions brought about by the separation of two souls that have once grown closer.

 

Sometimes, the emotions become so overpowering that they become unbearably painful, which many describe as what a broken heart feels like. But can breakups really cause heartbreak?

 

There exists a medical condition known as broken heart syndrome.[1][2][3][4] Also known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, it’s a condition characterized by severe chest pains and difficulty breathing after experiencing stressful situations or extreme emotions.[1][2][3][4] These symptoms for broken heart syndrome are very similar to a heart attack, and they can affect both unhealthy and healthy individuals.[1][2][3][4]

 

It can be said that some breakups, when not handled well, can be emotionally stressful, draining, and overwhelming. These unfortunate situations can most likely trigger heartbreak or symptoms of broken heart syndrome for the people involved.

 

But that doesn’t mean all final chapters of relationships end with heartbreak. Yes, messy breakups may happen, and the stresses they create can be dangerous to health if not handled well.


But there are some who are able to peacefully end relationships, which implies that amicable breakups are just as possible, too. It will all depend on how much you respect the person you’re with and how well you can handle your own emotions.

 

Sources:

[1]https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cardiomyopathy/what-is-cardiomyopathy-in-adults/is-broken-heart-syndrome-real

[2]https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/broken-heart-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20354617

[3]https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-broken-heart-syndrome

[4]https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/17857-broken-heart-syndrome

[5]https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/can-you-die-broken-heart

[6]https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/201905/the-endless-breakup