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Five years later, the network of 25 hospitals spread across nine countries had collected data on statistically significant 1,750 cases of the Takotsubo syndrome (TTS).
For the study, Templin and Ghadri, leading a team of 16 researchers, determined that emotional jolts were responsible for 485 of those cases.
And within that group, four percent - a total of 20 individuals - could be said to have suffered from "happy heart syndrome."
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- Birth of a grandchild -
"We have shown that the triggers for TTS can be more varied than previously thought," said Ghadri. "The disease can be preceded by positive emotions too."
The 20 cases set off by joyful events included a birthday party, a wedding, a surprise farewell celebration, a favourite rugby team winning a game, and the birth of a grandchild.
None of them proved fatal.
Emergency room doctors should be aware of the fact that patients with signs of heart attack could be suffering from TTS, sparked by either positive or negative experiences.