Happiness can break your heart too

broken-heartScientists have said it isn’t just sad things that make us brokenhearted. Happy events can also be bad for our heart. A broken heart is an actual _______________ (1 MEDICINE) condition. It is not just the _______________ (2 SAD) we feel when someone we love does not return that love. We get broken heart syndrome when we are _______________ (3 HIGH) stressed. We also get it during touchy times, such as a relationship breakup, the illness of family and friends, or the _______________ (4 LOSE) of a job. The scientific name for this is Takotsubo Syndrome (TTS). _______________ (5 RESEARCH) say people can get TTS, and even be at risk of sudden _______________ (6 DIE), when very happy things happen. The doctors who discovered this have called it “happy heart syndrome”.

The study was published in the European Heart Journal on Thursday. Heart experts Dr Christian Templin and Dr Jelena Ghadri analysed data from 1,750 patients who suffered from Takotsubo Syndrome. The sufferers were from nine _______________ (7 DIFFERENCE) countries. They found 485 patients got TTS because of an _______________ (8 EMOTION) happening. Twenty of these had TTS because of a happy or joyful event. The patients had heart problems after events like a birthday party, a wedding, a favourite sports team winning a game, and the _______________ (9 BORN) of a grandchild. Dr Ghadri said our body and brain may think happy and sad events are _______________ (10 SIMILARITY), so both can result in Takotsubo Syndrome.

(Adapted from breakingnewsenglish.com on 5th March 2016)

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