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Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - What it is

Stress cardiomyopathy (also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy or ‘broken heart’ syndrome) happens when a person experiences sudden and intense stress or emotional changes, causing the heart muscle to weaken very quickly. Various life events such as losing a loved one, extreme sadness or happiness can bring about this condition. The weakened heart is unable to pump properly. This results in symptoms which can mimic a heart attack or heart failure. This condition usually responds well to medication and recovery is expected with time.

Possible complications of stress cardiomyopathy

People with stress cardiomyopathy usually recover without long-lasting effects. However, in rare cases, stress cardiomyopathy can cause severe weakness in the heart muscle, leading to life-threatening complications such as:

  • Heart failure
  • Extremely low blood pressure
  • Abnormal dangerous heart rhythm 
  • Blood clots in the heart chamber

It is possible for people to experience a recurrence of stress cardiomyopathy though this is extremely rare. 

Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - Preparing for surgery

Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - Post-surgery care

Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - Other Information

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