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Crit Care Nurse. 2009 Feb;29(1):49-57; quiz 58. doi: 10.4037/ccn2009451.

The"broken heart syndrome": understanding Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

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NorthShore University Health System, Department of Cardiology, Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Illinois 60201, USA. dderrick@northshore.org

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  • Crit Care Nurse. 2009 Apr;29(2):24.

Abstract

"Broken heart syndrome," or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is a spontaneously reversible form of cardio-myopathy that is often induced by emotional or physical stress. Signs and symptoms include chest pain, dyspnea, electrocardiographic changes, and elevated levels of cardiac biomarkers. Patients often have signs and symptoms of fluid overload and can have acute pulmonary edema. Most patients are postmenopausal women, many with no risk factors for coronary artery disease. The left ventricular abnormality reverses spontaneously in days or weeks.

PMID:
19182280
DOI:
10.4037/ccn2009451
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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