RESEARCHERS at a Scottish university are set to test the first-ever treatment for broken heart syndrome.
Scientists at the University of Aberdeen are to trial a physical fitness and psychological therapy program for people who have been diagnosed with the disease thanks to a £300,000 grant from the British Heart Foundation.
What is broken heart syndrome?
Broken heart syndrome, otherwise known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, affects around 5,000 people in the UK each year.
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At least 7% of all heart attacks are diagnosed as broken heart syndrome, with women much more likely to suffer from the disease than men.
Professor James Leiper, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, described takotsubo syndrome as “a sudden and potentially catastrophic heart condition which has only been recognized in recent years”.
Meanwhile, Dr David Gamble from the University of Aberdeen said: ‘Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome, remains a relatively poorly understood condition. It is essential that we develop a high-quality evidence base to guide clinicians in the management of this condition.
What will the broken heart syndrome trial consist of?
In a three-year study, the trial will enroll 90 people from across Scotland within three weeks of their episode, with all participants receiving detailed cardiac exams at baseline and again at three months.
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Participants will take part in a personalized physical conditioning, cognitive behavioral therapy program or be part of a control group.