• Chelsey Bowley, Minot State nursing student

The single person's killer

Warning: This article is intended for the single audience only. My apologies for the unintentional discrimination and selective tone. Since we are in the month of February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I have decided to promote awareness about one’s health as it relates to singleness around this holiday. To everyone not celebrating Valentine’s Day, I hope this article helps you realize you are not alone while informing you of a lesser-known condition that could plague lonely hearts who suffer unnecessarily on this overrated day.

According to The Harvard Heart Publication, this condition is commonly known as the broken heart syndrome (BHS) or stress cardiomyopathy. This condition is indeed a real ­— but rare — condition that can be caused by a variety of problems, one of them being extreme emotion possibly related to the loss of a loved one or even rejection from a potential dating partner, as stated by the Mayo Clinic. BHS generally presents itself similar to the “silent killer,” a heart attack. The person experiencing this may develop intense chest pain and a sudden need for more air. There is speculation that a surge of adrenaline is one cause and the pain associated with this condition comes from a temporary narrowing of the vessels leading to the heart, causing decreased circulating oxygen to the heart.

If one experiences symptoms of broken heart syndrome or a panic attack, the pain subsides reasonably quickly. If one experiences a heart attack, the pain will last longer. Even if you think it is not a heart attack, it is always recommended to take the pain seriously and bring yourself or your friend to the emergency room immediately. If you are diagnosed with broken heart syndrome, don’t panic, it is reversible. A person who suffers from this condition will usually recover on their own within a month, but depending on the situation, may require a few days to recuperate in the hospital with heart medications such as beta blockers or ACE inhibitors.

Never play around with your health or let your emotions run rampant, because one day that intense loneliness may catch up with you. Take care of yourself. Buy yourself chocolates, serenade yourself with some Panic at the Disco! to get high hopes (not Ed Sheeran or Shawn Mendes, too depressing), and go out bowling with your cool, single friends. Don’t stay home alone this Valentine’s Day. Love yourself. There is only one precious you in this world.

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