What Is Acute Stress-Induced Cardiomyopathy?

Q:

What is acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy?

A:

Acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy is also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy and broken-heart syndrome. It has a dramatic clinical presentation which mimics an acute myocardial infarction and is caused by intense psychological or physical stress, such as the loss of loved one, a serious accident, a sudden illness and etc. This is the reason why the condition is called acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy.

Acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the left ventricle, the heart’s main pumping chamber. The main signs of it are chest pain and breathlessness after sudden, severe stress.

Features of the disease include:

Abnormal movement in the left ventricle

Enlarged left ventricle

No evidence of coronary artery obstruction

Electrocardiogram abnormalities similar to those of a heart attack

Recovery within a month

 

Keywords: acute cardiomyopathy

 

 

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