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Women more likely to have 'broken heart syndrome'
The weaker sex? Women are more likely than men to suffer 'broken heart syndrome,' study finds
By The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ' Doctors say a woman's heart breaks more easily than a man's.

A nationwide study finds that females are more likely to suffer "broken heart syndrome," when sudden or prolonged stress causes overwhelming heart attack-like symptoms.

It happens when a surge of adrenaline and other stress hormones cause the heart's main pumping chamber to balloon and not work right. Usually patients recover with no lasting damage after a few weeks, but in rare cases it proves fatal.

No one knows why it is more common in women, but hormone differences may play a role.

The study was discussed Wednesday at an American Heart Association conference in Florida.

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