Pro tip: if you see soy sauce and raw fish nearby, that green stuff is probably not guacamole.
Sep 25, 2019
GIZMODO – One woman’s wedding wasabi—apparently mistaken for avocado—ended up sending her to the emergency room with a strange medical condition called broken heart syndrome.
The unusual incident took place in Israel.
According to her doctors, the 60-year-old woman had been a guest at a wedding, where she “ate a large amount of wasabi, assuming it to be an avocado.”
She almost immediately started experiencing chest pain but chose to tough it out.
“After she ate the wasabi, she felt a sudden pressure in her chest radiating to her arms, which lasted [a] few hours,” doctors wrote. “She decided not to leave the wedding and the pain started to subside.”
The next day, still feeling weak and out-of-sorts, the women visited a local emergency room.
While she wasn’t suffering from anything immediately life-threatening, like a heart attack, doctors ultimately diagnosed her with takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
The condition is characterized by a sudden weakening of the heart’s left ventricle, which causes it to balloon out … Read more.