Broken heart tattoos are usually a cartoon representation of a heart with a jagged line drawn down the middle. Some people get broken heart tattoos simply to buck the traditional heart tattoo design, but others might get it because of some hardship or difficulty in their life. Heartbreak is usually associated with a romantic breakup, but a broken heart tattoo could symbolize any significant loss in your life. Did you know that you can literally die of a broken heart? Broken heart syndrome, also called akotsubo cardiomyopathy, is when part of your heart stops pumping blood normally for a period of time. It’s a temporary condition brought on by extremely traumatic or stressful situations, such as divorce or the death of a loved one. A lot of people who experience broken heart syndrome think they are having a heart attack. While it is unusual, in some cases, broken heart syndrome is fatal.