Crushed by dog's death, Texas woman literally suffers broken heart

Leslie Hanson
October 21, 2017

Doctors were expecting to treat a Texas woman who was mourning the death of her beloved Yorkshire terrier for a possible heart attack, only to discover that her symptoms were actually due to a broken heart.

Within 20 minutes she was at a local A&E and was then airlifted to a hospital in Houston.

However after finding that her heart and arteries were healthy they realised she was instead suffering from Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome.

The death of her nine-year-old dog from heart failure proved too much to cope with. The symptoms of broken-heart syndrome can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. She was diagnosed with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as "stress cardiomyopathy" and "broken-heart syndrome".

Even though Meha's death could have killed her, Simpson said she plans to get another dog in the future.

They expected to see blocked arteries, but x-rays showed them something different, Dr Abhishek Maiti, who treated Simpson, told the Post. Reynolds died a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, also died in December 2016.

Her story, that has since then been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, exemplifies the physical damage that overwhelming sadness can do to one's body in the wake of a loss.

"The kids were grown and out of the house, so she was our little girl", said Simpson, a 62-year-old retiree who previously worked in medical transcription.


"It was such a horrendous thing to have to witness", said Ms Simpson. "When you're already kind of upset about other things, it's like a brick on a scale".

After the helicopter carrying Simpson landed on the roof of Memorial Hermann, she was rushed to the cardiac catheterization lab. Cardiologist Abhijeet Dhoble quickly threaded a thin tube into a blood vessel in Simpson's groin and up to her heart.

'The artery was crystal clear.

According to doctors, broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that is often brought about by stressful situations and traumatic events. She was sent home after two days, and though she still takes two heart medications, she is doing fine.

Ms Simpson believes the incident makes total sense, as she tends to take things to heart. Once she was stable again doctors explained her condition to her and what had happened.

If you've ever lost a beloved pet, you know how much it can hurt.

There's no denying the huge role pets play in many people's lives, not only providing love and companionship, but also numerous proven health benefits. I will continue to have pets.

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