Anyone who's ever had a broken heart might not be surprised to hear that, in addition to making you wish you were dead, it actually can kill you. There is a real medical condition known as the broken heart syndrome. It mimicks a heart attack and follows an intense physical or emotional event, such as news of a death, loss of a large sum of money, a frightening medical diagnosis, maybe even a break-up. Most people recover without treatment, but some actually die from it. 90 percent of the cases occur in women, mostly over age 50.