Her story, published today as a case study in the New England Journal of Medicine, exemplifies the physical damage that overwhelming sadness can do to one's body in the wake of a loss.
Pictured are scans of Joanie Simpson's heart upon the onset of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
'Broken-heart syndrome' typically follows a traumatic event, and it can lead to a host of medical complications including heart failure.
Pictured is the type of dog that Simpson lost, which triggered her Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (file photo) The disease that caused Simpson to endure heart-attack like symptoms mimics acute coronary syndrome.
Her death devastated Simpson, who told the Washington Post the dog was like a daughter to her.
One day soon after the death Simpson woke up with a back ache and chest pains, and she went to a local emergency room.
Simpson had to stay in the hospital for two days following her diagnosis, and she now has to take two heart medications. Even though Meha's death could have killed her, Simpson said she plans to get another dog in the future.'It is heartbreaking.
Strangely enough, this situation seems to happen more often than I would expect: after finding a serious relationship some men still keep their online dating profile active.
The explanations for this are pretty weak but these men always make the argument that there’s some good reason to keep their profile active.
They expected to see blocked arteries, but x-rays showed them something different, Dr Abhishek Maiti, who treated Simpson, told the Post.'The artery was crystal clear. They checked another artery, and found the same result.
Simpson was then diagnosed with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.