Can You Really Be Scared To Death?
A sudden rush of chemicals from intense fright or grief can stun the heart, leaving it unable to pump properly. Meaning, yes, it is possible to be scared to death. The condition stress cardiomyopathy is also known "broken heart syndrome." It may be caused by intense, often unexpected emotional or physical stress, which can then lead to fatal heart failure. When you're scared, your brain unleashes large amounts of adrenaline by activating your involuntary "fight or flight" response. This rush of hormones can damage your heart, among other organs, by flooding the muscles that keep the pace of your heartbeat steady.
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Key Facts In This Video
Research shows high levels of fright and shock has lead to death. (0:33)
When scared, the brain unleashes large amounts of adrenaline by activating your involuntary "fight or flight" response. (1:16)
The shape of the heart can become distorted when it is unable to relax after a rush of adrenaline. (2:25)