Self-management

Prevention

There's a small chance that broken heart syndrome can happen again after a first episode. There's no proven therapy to prevent additional episodes.

Many doctors recommend long-term treatment with beta blockers or similar medications that block the potentially damaging effects of stress hormones on the heart. Recognizing and managing stress in your life may also be important in helping to prevent broken heart syndrome, though there's currently no evidence to prove this.

Nov. 05, 2016
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