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It appears the hearts of Americans were not prepared for the emotional toll brought by the coronavirus pandemic. A new study from JAMA Open Network said cases of broken heart syndrome are rising among people without the condition. Also known as stress cardiomyopathy [[ car-dee-ow-my-aa-puh-thee ]], it occurs when a part of the heart becomes enlarged and is unable to pump blood effectively after intense emotional or physical stress. Similar to a heart attack, symptoms include chest pain and shortness of breath.