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Happiness can break your heart too






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Happy things can also make us brokenhearted. A broken heart is a real illness called "broken heart syndrome". The medical name is Takotsubo Syndrome (TTS). We get it because of stress, relationship break-ups, family deaths, or job losses. People can get it when happy things happen too. This is "happy heart syndrome".

Heart expert Dr Jelena Ghadri looked at data from 1,750 patients with TTS. She found that 20 of these had TTS because of a happy event. These are things like birthdays, weddings, favourite sports teams winning, and the birth of grandchildren. Dr Ghadri said our body thinks happy and sad events are similar.

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