Extreme happiness can lead to a heart attack
The reports reveal that scientists have always known that extreme emotional distress can cause a potentially fatal weakening of the heart.
The new research has now discovered that the same can occur from a very high level of happiness, leading scientists to coin it the condition as 'happy heart syndrome'.
Takotsubo syndrome, or TTS, had been diagnosed in the 1990s and according to reports, typically occurs after upsetting episodes such as the death of a spouse or parent, the breakdown of a relationship, or a cancer diagnosis.
This new research comes after series of researchers have analysed data from 1,750 patients diagnosed with TTS in nine different countries.
Co-author Dr Christian Templin, also from University Hospital Zurich, said:
"Perhaps both happy and sad life events, while inherently distinct, share final common pathways in the central nervous system output, which ultimately lead to TTS."
The new findings have been published in the European Heart Journal.
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