, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 558-560
Date: 09 Mar 2013

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM), also known as apical ballooning syndrome or broken heart syndrome, is a reversible form of acute heart failure that is often triggered by stress or an acute illness and occurs predominantly in postmenopausal women [1]. The clinical presentation of TCM is similar to an acute myocardial infarction, since patients have chest pain, ST-segment elevations, and elevated cardiac enzymes; however, cardiac catheterization reveals a normal coronary circulation. TCM is usually associated with an excellent prognosis and complete recovery [2]. We report a case of TCM where the patient presented with an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.

Case report

A 68-year-old Caucasian female patient with a past medical history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus suddenly collapsed while attending a church sermon. Cardiopulmonary resusc ...