Broken heart syndrome and cancer are associated. To add to that, 1 in 6 people with broken heart syndrome had a history of cancer and are more likely to die within 5 years compared to those people with only broken heart syndrome and no cancer. Fewer patients with cancer developed the syndrome following an emotional trigger.
Broken Heart Syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy or takotsubo syndrome is exhibited because of the body facing intense pressure such as emotional or physical stress or physical illness or surgery or maybe something like the death of a dear one.
The syndrome is a temporary but life-threatening condition.
There were increased levels of stress hormones and to some extent cancer plays a role in broken heart syndrome.
The process by which malignancy, cancer treatment, and the cardiotoxic effects of chemotherapy play a role in the expression of broken heart syndrome is yet to be investigated.