Broken Heart Syndrome Really Does ExistHow many times have you heard someone say they're so sad about something that they have a broken heart? More often than not, they don't really have a broken heart but it can actually happen. Broken heart syndrome is a serious medical condition caused by sadness.
Is It Possible To Die From A Broken Heart?Did legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno die from a broken heart? Medically, his death is attributed to lung cancer. Emotionally, there are those who believe a major life trauma, like losing the coaching job he loved, can trigger "Broken Heart Syndrome."