Question: Is it true that scares can kill? Carmina (Argentina).
Answer: Although it is very rare, it is true. A great scare, extreme excitement, or enormous disgust triggers the release of many stress substances into the blood. This has been seen to be related to what is called stress cardiomyopathy. This disease shares many similarities with a myocardial infarction, including chest pain and a transient decrease in the contractility (the "potency") of the heart, which would remain "groggy". It has been seen that it occurs more when there are natural disasters, wars and has even been described in the context of the soccer world cup. In general, this decrease in contractile force is small and is always reversible. In some more marked and very exceptional cases, however, it has been associated with the death of the patient.