Cardiomyopathy, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, Apical Ballooning Syndrome, Broken Heart Syndrome, Heart Failure, Heart Disease
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
This academic poster provides a brief overview of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (TTC), it’s pathophysiology, and implications for nursing care. TTC is a non-ischemic cardiomyopathy that typically presents acutely in a very similar fashion to an acute myocardial infarction (Reeder & Prasad, 2015). Interestingly the disease primarily afflicts females (90% of cases) and is often triggered by an intense emotional or physical stressor (Minhas, Hughey & Kolas, 2014). Despite the acute onset and symptoms, the majority of cases are benign and resolve with conservative heart failure treatment (Scantlebury & Prasad, 2014) though a small percentage of cases can develop profound shock, resulting in significant mortality. An awareness and familiarity of the disease is certainly warranted for healthcare professionals as the disease has seen a three-fold increase in cases between 2007-2012 (Minhas, Hughey & Kolas, 2014).
Smith, Chase A., "Japanese Octopus Traps & Broken Hearts: Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy" (2016). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. Paper 161.