WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An elderly woman ended up being hospitalized with broken heart syndrome after she consumed a “large amount” of a spicy wasabi paste, thinking it was a mild, avocado-based dip.
- The condition, which applies to people who experience symptoms similar to a heart attack, is usually brought on by physical or emotional distress.
- This is the first case of broken heart syndrome that was triggered by “food consumption alone.”
A 60-year-old woman who mistook wasabi for avocado ended up being hospitalized with broken heart syndrome.
The medical journal BMJ Case Reports detailed the incident in the article titled “Can sushi break your heart?”
According to the case report, the elderly woman was at a wedding in Israel when she consumed a “large amount” of the spicy wasabi paste. She reportedly thought that it was a mild, avocado-based dip.
The woman started to feel a “sudden pressure” in her chest. The pain spread to her arms within minutes.
But she decided against leaving the ceremony. The pain lasted for several hours, but it eventually subsided by the end of the day.
The next day, she woke up feeling unusually weak.
When she sought medical help, she was diagnosed with broken heart syndrome.
Technically known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, the condition applies to people who experience symptoms similar to a heart attack. It is usually brought on by life-altering events that cause physical or emotional distress, such as frightening accidents, financial loss, or receiving bad news.
The condition usually affects elderly women, from ages 58 to 75.
According to the BMJ article, this particular case was the first to be caused by “food consumption alone.”
The researchers stated, “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of takotsubo cardiomyopathy triggered by wasabi consumption.”
The recent months have seen several cases of broken heart syndrome that was brought on by emotional distress.
In August, a group of men robbed broke into a 93-year-old woman’s home and stole a number of her possessions, including her late husband’s prized watch. The elderly woman later died of the condition.