Broken Heart Syndrome: A Different Kind of Heart Attack

Kristy Crowley - Feb 06, 2018

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, named after a Japanese octopus trap, primarily affects elderly women. The first reported takotsubo cardiomyopathy case in the United States was recorded in 1998. Symptoms include sudden, intense chest pain and shortness of breath, which is often mistaken for a myocardial infarction. Unlike a myocardial infarction, there is usually no evidence for obstructive coronary artery disease. In most cases, the effects of broken heart syndrome reverse quickly without any lasting damage to the heart. 

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