It may be the brain that rules our thoughts, and that we equate most with who we are. But it is the heart that we consider home to our deepest feelings and emotions. So much so, that we tend to suffer a great deal of heartache when losing a beloved one. But some 26 years ago, a researcher in Japan discovered that it is actually possible to die of a broken heart.

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy – or broken-heart syndrome as it is more commonly known – can be caused by severe emotional stress, and – as confirmed by more recent research – even by intense joy. Its symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, but unlike a heart attack, there is no evidence of blocked heart arteries, and if a patient survives the initial incident, the heart will resume functioning normally by itself.

So better make sure to take your heart to heart, and watch this beautiful video to learn how holding the human heart has changed this heart surgeon’s heart.



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