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About 1 percent of such cases prove fatal, the new study shows.

“In the old days, we’d say someone was scared to death,” said Prasad.

About 10 percent of victims will have a second episode sometime in their lives. And although heart attacks happen more in winter, broken heart syndrome is more common in summer.

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Online:

Heart Association, http://www.americanheart.org

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