THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A stroke claimed the lifetime of actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, on Wednesday — only a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died from a coronary heart assault.
Reynold’s son, Todd Fisher, advised the Associated Press that the stress of dropping her daughter might have been a contributing think about his mom’s dying.
Now, docs accustomed to such instances agree that so-called “broken heart syndrome” may need performed a task.
“Lots of times I hear a causal mention of someone dying of a ‘broken heart,’ but what many don’t know is that ‘broken heart syndrome’ is a real medical condition,” stated Dr. Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Lorber wasn’t on Reynolds’ medical group, however he stated the syndrome is a well-known one for a lot of physicians.
“Broken heart syndrome refers to the consequences of the heart being exposed to a surge of stress hormones triggered by a major stressor,” he defined. “It is most commonly seen in women 50 or older.”
“When the stress hormones hit the heart it can cause arrhythmias [a temporary irregular heart rate], angina [severe chest pain], shortness of breath and intense changes in blood pressure,” Lorber stated.
For most individuals within the midst of a private disaster, together with a sudden bereavement, these coronary heart circumstances are momentary. Most will “have a full recovery without any permanent damage,” Lorber stated. But the impact in a minority of instances could also be extra extreme.
According to the AP, Reynold’s son confirmed that his mom died from a stroke after being taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“She’s now with Carrie, and we’re all heartbroken,” Todd Fisher informed the information company. He added that he believes the stress of his sister’s dying “was too much” for his mom.
Carrie Fisher, greatest recognized for her iconic position as Princess Leia within the “Star Wars” films, died Tuesday after struggling a coronary heart assault final week on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60.
On Tuesday, Reynolds had expressed gratitude to her daughter’s followers on Facebook.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop,” Reynolds had written.
Reynolds was greatest recognized for her roles in movies produced within the 1950s and ’60s, which included “Tammy” and “Singing in the Rain.” She acquired an Oscar nomination for her starring position within the 1964 movie “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
Carrie Fisher was the daughter of Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Their marriage ended when Carrie was 2, after Fisher left Reynolds for actress Elizabeth Taylor.
Sudden grief and different life crises do not need to endanger your coronary heart health, one other doctor added.
Dr. Scott Krakower is a psychiatrist at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He stated that “if you suspect that you are at risk for this syndrome, you should see a medical doctor as soon as possible.”
Also, “it is important to grieve appropriately and use anxiety/stress reduction techniques during this time,” Krakower stated. “These techniques may include deep breathing, self-soothing and utilizing mindfulness. It is important to stay on a routine, remembering to eat, and get adequate sleep.”
Find out extra about women’s coronary heart health on the American Heart Association.
SOURCES: Matthew Lorber, M.D., director, youngster and adolescent psychiatry, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Scott Krakower, D.O., assistant unit chief, psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY; Associated Press
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