Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Other Known AliasesBroken-Heart Syndrome

Definitionstress-induced cardiomyopathy

Clinical Significance this syndrome is characterized by transient regional systolic dysfunction of the left ventricle, that mimics a myocardial infarction, but with an absence of angiographic evidence of coronary artery involvement.

HistoryNamed after Japanese word for “octopus trap” as the left ventricle takes the shape of this unique hunting vessel. This condition was first studied in Japan by Hikaru Sato in 1991, but it was not “introduced” to the western medical world until 1997.


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