Woman eats wasabi thinking its avocado, hospitalized with broken heart syndrome

Ok so they are both green and in all fairness, they do actually look pretty similar too, especially on a white plate, but once you put it in your mouth there is no mistaking the difference!


This woman, Israeli by origin, unfortunately for her, found out the hardest way of all that eating wasabi like it was avocado will put you in hospital, they said she had “broken heart syndrome” ??

There is documentation which looks at precisely what happened here in a British Medical Journal, in the form of a case study, however, how did she end up being in a position to eat wasabi as she did?

In fact, it all was during a wedding, the woman, in her late 60s was at the wedding when she consumed what she thought was an avocado dip, she swallowed it almost instinctively, it was too late, she realized she had just swallowed wasabi…


Wasabi is a Japanese horseradish paste commonly associated with sushi, and for those that don’t already know, it’s hot, very hot, after you start to feel its effects in your mouth of course.

Just minutes after eating the wasabi the woman felt a pressure in her chest, all of a sudden, it traveled into her arms and according to sources, she didn’t go to the hospital, she stayed at the wedding a few hours, all the time feeling awful.

The day passed by and the next morning she felt quite “uncomfortable and weak”, so she went to the doctors, they immediately did an electrocardiogram, they said she had a condition called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, aka “broken heart syndrome”…

Really this is just another way of saying that there is a temporary disruption of pumping in one area of the heart muscle.


In most cases, this condition is actually caused by physical or emotional stress, usually in people aged 50 upwards, but this was the first case known to be caused by eating food.

Researchers said:

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of takotsubo cardiomyopathy triggered by wasabi consumption”

Thankfully the woman recovered after having a course beta-blockers and some other special meds to treat the condition (enzyme inhibitors).


Now she won’t be eating any mystery paste again in the future…

Have you ever eaten anything and thought it was something different? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below!