Did Debbie Reynolds die from a broken heart?

Published December 29, 2016


A story in the New York Times quotes Anne Curtis, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chair of medicine, about broken-heart syndrome after Debbie Reynolds died one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Turns out, yes, one can die of a broken heart and one form of the phenomenon is called Takotsubo syndrome, after the Japanese term for “octopus trap,” because the heart looks as if it is caught from below. Curtis says about 1 percent of perceived heart attacks are because of broken-heart syndrome. The article also appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dallas Morning News, News Report Online, Seattle Times.

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