The strong connection between the head and the heart is reflected by a study of the condition known as “takotsubo cardiomyopathy” (“broken-heart syndrome”), which has been found to be nine times more common in men than women and also a potential cause of death. Much in the way that a heart attack strikes, takotsubo cardiomyopathy presents sudden symptoms of chest pain and shortness of breath. Unlike a heart attack, however, takotsubo cardiomyopathy is not caused by clogged arteries. It is, instead, caused by a surge of hormones that literally bends the heart out of shape. While the most common triggers are physical conditions (lung problems) and infections, the next most common trigger is emotional shock due to grief, panic, or conflict.
Broken-heart syndrome isn’t the only way that our mental state can affect our physical health. The two are inseparably intertwined and you need to care for both equally. If you’re wrestling with grief, anxiety, depression, or stress, our counselors provide the safe space and proven techniques that you need to help improve your life, physically and emotionally. You deserve to be healthy again.
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P.S. Because stress and anxiety can cause heart problems even in those without coronary heart disease, there is every reason to seek counseling for stress-induced anxiety and depression before