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Texas Woman Suffered Broken Heart Syndrome after Dog Died

Texas Woman Suffered Broken Heart Syndrome after Dog Died”

Doctors had informed Simpson that the death of her Yorkshire terrier, Meha, had nearly took her own life away. While losing Meha may have landed her in the hospital-and in the pages of a prestigious medical journal-she told the Post she has no doubt she'll find another canine soulmate in the future.

While broken-heart syndrome looks a lot like a heart attack initially, Wittstein says there are some key physiological differences.

But when the dog was diagnosed with congenital heart failure, Simpson decided it was best to have her euthanized.

She thinks her heart may break again, but that's not stopping her from keeping pets. Doctors instead diagnosed Simpson with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition with symptoms that mimic heart attacks. She canceled the appointment when the dog seemed to bounce back to health, but Meha died the next day.

Meha died the next day, and it was anything but peaceful.

They expected to see blocked arteries, but x-rays showed them something different, Dr Abhishek Maiti, who treated Simpson, told the Post.

The case was recorded in The New England Journal of Medicine this week, not due to the dog's involvement, but because it was a "very concise, elegant case" of a fascinating condition that research has established as quite real and sometimes fatal. Although not the first published case linking broken-heart syndrome to stress over a pet's death, it underscores something many animal owners take as a given: That grieving for sick or deceased pets can be as gutting as grieving for humans.

"It was such a horrendous thing to have to witness", said Ms Simpson. "I mean, everything just weighs on you".

Simpson was then airlifted to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston, where she was taken to the cardiac catheterization lab at Hermann Memorial, and physicians inserted a tube into her heart via her groin.

"The artery was crystal clear". (Given that 735,000 Americans have a heart attack each year, that's not an insignificant number.) The condition overwhelmingly affects women from ages 58-75, likely due to dropping levels of heart-protecting estrogen.

After two days, she was able to return home but still takes heart tablets. Once she was stable again doctors explained her condition to her and what had happened.

And it will be worth it, Simpson said. "It is all of the above", Simpson said. But you know what?

There's no denying the huge role pets play in many people's lives, not only providing love and companionship, but also numerous proven health benefits. That's not going to stop me'.



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