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"Broken heart syndrome" is real and can affect your health, Mayo Clinic says

CINCINNATI (FOX19/CNN) -

As we near Valentine's Day this week, we're learning from the prestigious Mayo Clinic that you really can die from a broken heart.

There's even a term for it: Broken heart syndrome. Medically, it's known as stress cardiomyopathy.

When you go through a devastating break-up or your partner or spouse dies, doctors say broken heart syndrome can cause your heart to temporarily enlarge and not pump blood as well. In rare instances, it can cause serious health complications, even death.

For most people, though, it's treatable and usually disappears within about a week.

So don't be embarrassed if losing your love leaves you feeling as if your heart has literally broken. Go see a doctor to make sure you'll be OK.

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