Dr Angela Kucia, senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia, coordinates the postgraduate Cardiovascular Nursing courses
Mayo Clinic shares symptoms and advice for the broken heart syndrome.
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a condition which causes the heart to balloon (become enlarged) and weakened, resulting in the heart not pumping blood properly.
Takotsubo is a type of cardiomyopathy - a disease of the heart muscle. It causes the heart to balloon (become enlarged) and weakened, and so it works less well than normal. This can lead to symptoms such as chest pain that can feel like a heart attack.
"Since 2013, when I had my Takotsubo attack, I have spoken to many patients worldwide, who were looking for advice and wanting to share their experiences as there is so little information on Takotsubo out there."