John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo
Broken Heart Syndrome, Mental Health, Heart Disease
Cardiovascular Diseases | Medical Pathology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a rare, reversible form of cardiomyopathy. First cases of takotsubo cardiomyopathy were described in Japan, twenty years ago (Milinis, & Fisher, 2012). takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a transient left ventricular dysfunction, typically triggered by severe emotional or physical distress. Left ventricular ballooning is characteristic of Takotsubo syndrome. Images of this ballooning resemble a takotsubo vessel used in Japan for collecting octopus, thus the reason for the syndrome name (Pelliccia, et. al, 2014). In recent years, this cardiomyopathy has been described as “Broken heart syndrome” because severe emotional stress has been implicated as the cause of this cardiomyopathy in “approximately two-thirds of patients” (Abisse, & Poppas, 2014, p. 24).
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