Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written


Document Type


Course Number


Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan


Cardiomyopathy, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, Apical Ballooning Syndrome, Broken Heart Syndrome, Heart Failure, Heart Disease

Subject Categories

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).

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Nursing Commons



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