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Lifestyle Changes for Takotsubo Syndrome

Treatment for takotsubo syndrome, also known as broken heart syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy, is similar to treatment for a heart attack. Although takotsubo syndrome is usually temporary, with reversible damage, it can also lead to other heart problems. That is why it is important to treat the condition proactively, which often includes certain lifestyle changes.

Since takotsubo syndrome is commonly associated with extreme stress, maintaining a healthy lifestyle—with personalized stress management strategies—can aid recovery and reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions that lead to future heart events. After identifying the underlying risk factors associated with each patient’s condition, specialists at NYU Langone Heart can create a tailored treatment plan that may include these lifestyle changes.

Manage Stress

Stress is a major trigger for takotsubo syndrome. We do not understand why stress leads to the physical reaction of takotsubo syndrome in some people and not in others. Stress happens to everyone, and a goal of stress management is to prevent stress from hurting the body. Learning to manage stress is a crucial part of recovery from takotsubo syndrome. Stress-reduction techniques including yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness can help reduce anxiety and its accompanying symptoms, such as increased heart rate. In addition, regular exercise can help reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing.

Our Research and Education in Takotsubo Syndrome

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.