(FOX NEWS) — Cases of “Broken heart syndrome” appear to be on the rise due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The condition — formally called “Stress cardio-myopathy” — can mimic a heart attack, and is believed to be caused by a surge in stress hormones.
Two hospitals in the Cleveland Clinic Health System say during the early weeks of the pandemic, nearly 8-percent of patients who arrived in the emergency department were diagnosed “Broken heart syndrome.”
That’s a rate about four to five times higher than were seen in pre-pandemic periods.
Doctors say the findings highlight the importance of stress management during the pandemic.
The findings were published online in the “Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open.”
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