Did Debbie Reynolds Die From a Broken Heart?

There is some speculation as the whether Debbie Reynolds’ death one day after that of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, was due to Broken Heart Syndrome. Reynold’s son Todd noted that they were at his home discussing funeral plans for Carrie Fisher when Reynolds had a stroke that later caused her death.

But what is Broken Heart Syndrome and how is it manifested? Could it have been the cause of Reynolds’ death?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Broken Heart Syndrome is a temporary condition that mimics a heart attack and is brought on by stress including the death of a loved one.

The Mayo Clinic describes the condition as “a temporary disruption of your heart’s normal pumping function in one area of the heart. The remainder of the heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions.”

The Mayo Clinic describes the symptoms of Broken Heart Syndrome as a person having chest pains and shortness of breath.

The American Heart Association further describes the condition – also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy – as mimicking a heart attack in that tests will show a change in heart rhythm and blood substances.

Patients who have had an attack of Broken Heart Syndrome do make full recoveries within a few weeks with little risk. Reports of the condition becoming fatal are very rare.

The condition is reported to occur more often in women than in men.

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