Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

(Broken Heart Syndrome)

Scientific Study

White Paper:


"To date, the Comfort Cub Program has led to a decrease in manifestations and relief of distressing perinatal losses."

Harvard Medical School

It's named after an octopus trap — and that's not all that's unusual about this reversible heart condition. It occurs almost exclusively in women.

Mayo Heart Clinic

Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that's often brought on by stressful situations, such as the death of a loved one. The condition can also be triggered by a serious physical illness or surgery. People with broken heart syndrome may have sudden chest pain or think they're having a heart attack.

America Heart Association

“You can die of a broken heart — it's scientific fact — and my heart has been breaking since that very first day we met. I can feel it now, aching deep behind my rib cage the way it does every time we're together, beating a desperate rhythm: Love me. Love me. Love me.” — Abby McDonald, Getting Over Garrett Delaney

We have all had our heart broken or know someone that has. Is there actual medical and physiological effects of having a "broken heart" or is it just a figure of speech?  Watch as Emory Professor of Epidemiology, Viola Vaccarino, discusses the real science behind a "broken heart."

Video from Emory University, February 13, 2012.

Starting in 2001, more became known about Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy.  First described in Japanese medical journals, it was named after the similarities between the LEFT VENTRICLE in systole and the shape of a Japanese octopus trap.  It is also called broken heart syndrome.  It was first described in 5 Japanese male patients in 1990.  

In the Takotsubo registry you will learn about the physical patterns, where most often women show the signs of this post-menopausal.    

NOTE: Symptoms are often treated with drugs, however we feel the Comfort Cub is an additional, non-evasive form of treating this syndrome

CAMP WOOD, TEXAS — A Texan woman was hospitalized due to literal heartbreak after her pet dog Meha passed away. Also known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, the condition affects vastly more women than men. Symptoms involve a shortness of breath and chest pain Experts believe the sheer amount of adrenaline and hormones triggered by the stressful event may temporarily stupefy the heart.

NOTE: Only the first 2.23 minutes of the video are relevant.  

References: New York Daily News - http://nydn.us/2yZrpvS

                      Harvard Health - http://bit.ly/2gC6AiO