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TakoTsubo Cardiomyopathy

akoTsubo Cardiomyopathy Also known as Stress Cardiomyopathy or Broken Heart Syndrome. Occurs more frequently in women.  It is characterized by sudden onset of chest pain and shortness of breath which mimics symptoms of a heart attack and is typically preceded by a particularly stressful event. Patient’s ECG and blood tests usually show changes which are similar to heart attack. Angiogram reveals normal-looking heart arteries, however the heart muscle is usually severely impaired and abnormally shaped. An echocardiogram confirms impairment of the pumping ability of the heart. Patients are treated with medications to assist the strength of the muscle of the heart. Complete resolution occurs within weeks to months. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, however it is thought to be related to a surge of stress hormones that temporarily impairs the heart muscle as well as temporary constriction of the large and small arteries that feed the heart muscle.

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