Broken heart syndrome affects women more often than men. Often, people who experience broken heart syndrome have previously been healthy. Research shows that the traditional risk factors for heart disease may not apply to broken heart syndrome.
People who might be at increased risk for broken heart syndrome include:
- Women who have gone through menopause, particularly women in their sixties and seventies
- People who often have no previous history of heart disease
- Asian and White populations
Although these are the characteristics for most cases of broken heart syndrome, the condition can occur in anyone.
Research is ongoing to learn more about broken heart syndrome and its causes.