And before you scoff at the possibility?
‘Broken heart syndrome’ is a real thing:
[via CBS Miami]Broken Heart Syndrome Really Does Exist
MIAMI (CBSMiami) — How many times have you heard someone say they’re so sad about something that they have a broken heart? More often than not, they don’t really have a broken heart but it can actually happen. Broken heart syndrome is a serious medical condition caused by sadness.
When Janet Ghise’s 14-year-old dog, Maggie died unexpectedly at a kennel while she was on vacation, she was devastated.
“She was just the nicest dog,” said Ghise.
So upset, she nearly died of a broken heart.
“I said to my husband, ‘I’m going to the doctor’s, to the cardiologist, to see if he can fix my broken heart.’ It’s exactly what I said,” Ghise said.
Luckily, she just happened to have a doctor’s appointment a few days later.
“To tell you the truth, I was really short of breath, but I didn’t put any weight on it. I thought, well, this is because I’m upset,” she said.
“She walked into the office, and she just did not look well,” said Dr. Jeffrey Friedel, a cardiologist. “She was very pale; she was breaking out in a cold sweat. She was short of breath, and she was complaining of a lot of chest pressure.”
He sent her to the hospital where a heart cath showed the problem, an actual illness called broken heart syndrome.
“The heart becomes severely weakened in a very characteristic shape, and it’s usually in response to an intensely stressful event,” said Dr. Friedel. “They can be in heart failure, they can be in shock; and in the worst case scenario, they can present in full cardiac arrest.”
The symptoms, EKG, and blood tests can be just like a heart attack. But it’s not.
“With broken heart syndrome, there’s no blockage to explain this extent of heart damage,” Dr. Friedel said.
It’s seen after the death of a loved one, after an argument, after extreme emotional turmoil.
“There’s this intense surge of stress hormones that basically damage the heart,” Dr. Friedel said.
And because it is…
If anyone is suffering from it these days?
It’s Simon Cowell.
Cause it looks like his influence and time in the spotlight?
Is at an end:
[via ShowBiz411]Simon Cowell X Factor Season Finale Beaten by Charlie Brown Xmas Re-run! ~by Roger Friedman
Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” came to an ignominious end on Thursday night. The battered series not only finished third in its time slot, it drew fewer viewers than a rerun of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” first aired on CBS in 1965. It’s been on TV every year since then. Last night the ABC special pulled 6.41 million total viewers vs. “X Factor” with 6.22 million.
“Charlie Brown” was only from 8 to 9pm. “X Factor” was on from 8 to 10pm. Adding insult to injury, CBS’s “The Millers” aired from 8:30pm to 9pm on that network and scored 7.54 million pairs of eyes.
The only good news for “X Factor” is that in its final hour, people did tune in for the curiosity value. But Cowell’s assertion this week that “X Factor” would be back certainly doesn’t seem that certain. The show has drifted downward all this season. It’s fair to say that both “X Factor” and “American Idol” are ready for retirement. If “Idol” doesn’t do well this coming season, that should be it.
Let the Kardashians be next!
Bye, bye, bye!