Is it possible to die from a shattered heart?

Anxiety problems and TCM in the family may increase risk. Smoking doesn't enhance TCM risk, unlike heart attacks.

In 2016-2017, the diagnosis of broken heart syndrome climbed 6-10 times faster for women 60-74 than for any other category

Dr. Ilan Wittstein of Johns Hopkins University said the specific explanation is unknown, although it is suspected that oestrogen protects the heart from adrenaline.

After menopause, women are more exposed to the cardiac consequences of acute stress.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Wittstein explained that although women are more likely to acquire broken heart syndrome, males have a greater death risk.

TCM is less dangerous than a heart attack (2% vs. 12%), but it may still be life-threatening if not treated quickly. With proper treatment and follow-up, most people recover fully.