Dr. Ilan S. Wittstein of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who co-authored the "broken heart syndrome" in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005, states,
"Our hypothesis is that massive amounts of these stress hormones can go right to the heart and produce a stunning of the heart muscle that causes this temporary dysfunction resembling a heart attack." Wittstein said, "It doesn't kill the heart muscle like a typical heart attack, but it renders it helpless." He calls the phenomenon "stress cardiomyopathology." Dr. Wittstein states that if the situation is diagnosed quickly, most patients show dramatic improvement and complete recovery.
Dr. Herbert Benson, of Harvard Medical School, the well-known author of The Relaxation Response, states, "This is another in a long line of accumulating, well-documented effects of stress on the body." "Stress must be viewed as a disease-causing entity."
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