• a birthday party
• a son’s wedding
• meeting a friend after 50 years
• becoming a grandmother
• a favourite rugby team winning a game
• winning a casino jackpot
• a computerised tomography (CT) scan giving the all-clear from another condition
As one of the authors told the BBC, “A takotsubo syndrome patient is no longer the classic ‘broken-hearted’ patient, and the disease can be preceded by positive emotions too.” The most logical course of action is to never feel emotions again.