Sudden emotional stress, such as being in a life-threatening situation, or receiving distressing news about a loved one, has been well described as a social entity deserving urgent medical attention. In Japan it has been called ‘Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy’ for decades. Real-time ultrasounds of the heart show a heart that cannot pump properly, leading those affected to feel faint and weak, or even pass out from a ‘failing’ heart.
Now an MSN medical journal is posting that “Karoshi” is an entity describing how one can die from overwork, citing a case of a 31 year old reporter who died of heart failure after posting 139 hours of overtime. They add that this a cause of death that at it has been well described in Japan since the 1960s.
If you ever doubted that emotions can have physical effects, doubt no more!
Better yet, if you needed ‘proof’, here is plenty.
It’s been recognized for decades in the East and is now being reported in the main stream Western medical news as such.
“Not only is the concept of karoshi medically plausible, it is a phenomenon that has been recognized and well described in Asia (initially in Japan) since the early 1960’s. There is an expanding literature in peer reviewed medical journals describing the epidemiology and effects of work policy changes on cardiovascular deaths related to karoshi in Asian countries.
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a well recognized and studied condition, also known as stress cardiomyopathy or “broken heart syndrome”, where sudden emotional stress, such as receiving bad news, results in acute weakening of the heart muscle leading to heart failure or arrhythmias. This condition was also first described in Japan.” (Source)