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General Science => General Science => Topic started by: Daveburton on 14/11/2018 04:01:43

Title: How fast does a heart decompose?
Post by: Daveburton on 14/11/2018 04:01:43
This is probably going to sound like a silly question but I really need an answer. At what rate does the heart decompose? Does it decompose the same as any other organ or due to the high muscle fiber content does it decompose somewhat more slowly than other organs of the body? Does it dry up and turn to ash or does it become shriveled and hardened...{url=https://www.thenakedscientists.com]much like a raisin[/url]
Title: Re: How fast does a heart decompose?
Post by: Bored chemist on 14/11/2018 20:31:03
I really need an answer.
I doubt that.
Anyway, the answer (as so often the case) is "it depends".
Title: Re: How fast does a heart decompose?
Post by: evan_au on 16/11/2018 08:24:35
It is possible for a heart to start breaking down before you die - which sometimes causes death.

Under severe emotional stress (eg death of a loved one), the heart collapses into a weakened state, called "takotsubo", Japanese for "octopus trap", because part of the heart resembles the shape of a Japanese octopus trap.

If you get past this phase, the normal heart shape is restored after 6 months or so.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takotsubo_cardiomyopathy