The science of a broken heart

Feb. 15, 2012

Most of us have had our hearts broken or know someone who has.

To mark the annual holiday of love, we decided to see if doctors can identify actual medical and physiological effects of having a "broken heart" or if that saying's just a figure of speech.

Watch as Viola Vaccarino, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, discusses the real science behind a "broken heart."