What Are the Causes of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy?

Q:

What causes takotsubo cardiomyopathy? What are the risk factors?

A:

Even experts don’t know the exact cause of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. But it is thought that a surge of stress hormones, like adrenaline, may temporarily hurt the heart of some people. How the hormones cause damage to the heart or whether there is any other factor contributing to the disease is not entirely clear.

Both emotional and physical stress play an important role in takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Emotional stressor that may lead to the condition are:

Losing a person you love/the death of a loved one

Job loss

Divorce

Extreme fear

Anger

A surprise

Money problem

Winning a lottery

Domestic abuse

Physical triggers include:

Asthma attack

Car accident

The diagnosis of a severe disease

Certain drugs that cause a surge of stress hormones, such as Epinephrine, Duloxetine, and Venlafaxine.

 

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