takotsubo cardiomyopathy(redirected from A BROKEN HEART)
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Pathogenesis High serum catecholamines—adrenaline/ epinephrine
Diagnosis Negative coronary angiogram
Prognosis If the individual survives the initial event, the left ventricular function improves within 2 months
Reversible dysfunction of the left ventricle. It may be the cause of transient heart failure that occurs after exceptionally stressful events. The heart in such instances takes on a rounded shape with a narrow neck, resembling a traditional Japanese lobster trap (takotsubo). It is informally called broken-heart syndrome.Synonym: apical ballooning syndrome; stress-induced cardiomyopathy; transient left ventricular apical ballooning
See also: cardiomyopathy