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Happiness can also break your heart

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Sadness can weigh on you beyond all doubt, and sometimes a particularly sad or stressful event can trigger what’s known as ‘broken heart syndrome.’

However, it’s not only the awful times that can precipitate this syndrome; joyful and happy occasions can also trigger broken heart syndrome, according to a study published Thursday in European Heart Journal.

Joyful events, such as, the birth of a child, a big win by your team, can trigger a dangerous condition called the “broken heart syndrome”, the study said.

Under this condition, also known as Takotsubo syndrome or stress cardiomyopathy,  the heart muscles rapidly and severely weaken. This temporary ailment causes severe chest pain and can lead to life-altering consequences such as heart attack and even death.

The researchers analyzed data from the International Takotsubo Registry at the University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland and looked at 485 patients from nine countries who had a specific emotional trigger for the syndrome.

By far most – 465, or 96 percent – had broken heart syndrome triggered by sad and stressful events. That included the death of a loved one, an accident, attending a funeral, worries about illness and relationship problems.

But an additional 20 people in the study (4 percent of the group) had the syndrome triggered by joyful occasions, such as a birthday party, wedding, the birth of a grandchild and even a favorite sports team winning. The researchers dubbed them ‘happy heart’ cases.

The researchers of this new study say their findings ‘broaden the clinical spectrum’ of the syndrome, and that clinicians should be aware of this when treating patients with symptoms.

Broken heart syndrome most commonly affects women around 60, and that’s what played out in this recent study; women comprised 95 percent of the cases analyzed.

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NC leader Regmi passes away





KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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