2. Heart Break vs. Heart Attack

Despite their similarities, there are key differences between broken heart syndrome and a heart attack. Primarily, broken heart syndrome typically only occurs following an extremely emotional event or when a person is under large amounts of stress. Electrocardiograms show different results for heart attacks and broken heart syndrome. Blood tests show no signs of heart damage in the case of broken heart syndrome. Additionally, broken heart syndrome has a unique physical effect that heart attacks do not.

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