, Volume 102, Issue 4, pp 319-321,
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Date: 25 Jan 2013

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a male during a Euro 2012 football match

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Sirs:

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) was first described by Sato et al. [1] in 1990. According to the clinical features, TTC usually affects postmenopausal women and is preceded by a psychical or physical stress. Characteristics of TTC contain ST-segment elevation or T wave inversion in ECG, modest biomarker release (troponin, CK, CK-MB) and almost always complete wall-motion resolution. However, the clinical spectrum of the TTC patients could be heterogeneous and occurs extremely rarely in the male population [2].

Here we present a case on a 56-year-old male with no past cardiovascular history who was admitted to the emergency room due to sudden chest pain and dyspnoea. Symptoms followed an acute emotional stress event caused by the defeat of his favorite soccer team, he watched at the fan zone during the Euro 2012 cup. Initial ECG revealed sinus rhythm of 76 bpm, RBBB with negative T waves in V3–V6 and heart rate-corrected QT interval (QTc) was 447 ms. Blood pressure was 145/85 mmHg, t ...