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  Augusto E. Villa, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Diplomate American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases,
Interventional Cardiology, Endovascular Medicine,
and Internal Medicine.

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Researchers: Super Bowl Heartbreak Real Phenomenon

25 WPDF News interviewed Dr. Villa

"Patients who are under a lot of stress, who are provoked by emotional situations, can develop sort of like a heart attack," said Dr. Augusto Villa of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

He said people commonly refer to it as "broken heart syndrome." It"s actually a condition called cardiomyopathy that is treated much the same as a heart attack, he said.

Dr. Villa said a patient gets upset, "flight or fight" hormones are released and the heart muscle can be damaged, this is more prevalent in women than man. He said he"s seen it occur in other stressful situations. He treated a woman whose house was burglarized and the stress brought on broken heart syndrome.

When it comes to football, he urged fans to remain as calm as possible. "Don"t get too upset," said Villa. "It"s probably not worth it. If your team loses in the Super Bowl, it"s just probably another game.

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