Broken heart syndrome is a form of acute heart failure caused by intense emotional stress, mostly affecting post-menopausal women.
Researchers have found that the effects of "broken heart syndrome" may be more serious than previously thought.
When Carrie Fisher died in late 2016 the film world went into collective mourning. The grief was compounded the next day when her mother, Debbie Reynolds, also died suddenly.
Broken heart syndrome was thought to be a short-term condition – the latest evidence suggests otherwise
A stressful event, such as the death of a loved one, really can break your heart. In medicine, the condition is known as broken heart syndrome or takotsubo syndrome.
Stacey-Ann Walker was pregnant with her first child when she learned that her heart was failing and her baby wasn't thriving. An emergency c-section saved both of their lives.