Can People Die from Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy?

Q:

My grandfather has takotsubo cardiomyopathy and he is in ICU now. Is takotsubo cardiomyopathy disease?

A:

Broken heart syndrome is real. It’s also called stress cardiomyopathy and takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The disease can be triggered by very stressful situations, like the death of someone you loved. Other stressors include serious illness, car accident, financial problem and so on. Moreover, a good shock can also lead to the condition, such as winning a lottery.

When a person is affected by takotsubo cardiomyopathy, his left ventricle, the main pumping chamber of the heart, temporarily weakens and can’t work effectively. And the coronary arteries whose job is to feed oxygen to the heart muscle, spasm. It can cause chest pain, an obvious sign of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The malfunction of the heart occurs suddenly, causing circulation problems.

If the condition is not treated promptly and appropriately, it can be as deadly as a heart attack.

 

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