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Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - St Vincent's Heart Health

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Broken Heart Syndrome?

Broken Heart Syndrome?

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or "Broken Heart Syndrome" is a temporary heart condition that develops in response to an intense emotional or physical experience.

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Do you mean heart attacks?

No! They are two different things.

Heart attacks are generally caused by a complete or near complete blockage of a heart artery. This blockage is due to a blood clot forming at the site of narrowing from fatty buildup (atherosclerosis) in the wall of the artery

In Broken Heart Syndrome, the heart arteries are not blocked, although blood flow in the arteries of the heart may be reduced.

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How is it like?

How is it like?

The heart’s main pumping chamber changes shape, affecting the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively.

The heart’s chamber looks similar to a Tako-Tsubo pot, which is a Japanese fishing pot used to catch octopus. 

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What are the symptoms?

These symptoms are similar to heart attack.

The main symptoms are

  • sudden chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • fainting, usually after feeling severe stress.

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What are the causes?

What are the causes?

It is caused by an extremely stressful physical or emotional event.

Potential triggers can include:

  • The death of a loved one
  • A frightening medical diagnosis
  • Domestic abuse
  • Strong arguments
  • Public speaking
  • Job loss or financial difficulty
  • Divorce
  • An unexpected loss or a sudden illness, etc.

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How do i treat it?

Medication is the most common treatment. Medication will reduce the stress on your heart and help your heart muscle recover, and most people only need to take it for a short time.

Also the good news is that the heart muscle usually heals within 2-4 weeks, and most people fully recover within two months.

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