Researchers have found a link between the broken heart syndrome and cancer.
Broken heart syndrome can be triggered by emotional or physical stress, but an international study of patients from 26 centers provides the strongest association yet between this syndrome and cancer, Medical Xpress reported.
One in six people with broken heart syndrome had cancer and they were less likely to survive for five years after it occurred, according to new international research in Journal of the American Heart Association.
Of 1,604 patients with broken heart syndrome in the International Takotsubo Registry, 267 patients—or 1 in 6—had cancer.
The most frequent type of malignancy was breast cancer, followed by tumors affecting the gastrointestinal system, respiratory tract, internal sex organs, skin, and other areas.